Courses / Undergraduate

Spring 2016

  • Documentary and Nonfiction Film/Videomaking

    184 | CCN: 31738

    Jeffrey Skoller

    4 Units

    This workshop class focuses on practices and techniques of digital Documentary filmmaking. Working in pairs, the class will make a series of short image and sound exercises and then develop a final Documentary project.The class examines important techniques of non-fiction film/video production, such as research and writing for non-fiction, the observational camera, filming in public, the interview, the voiceover, working with archival film and other documents, as well as editing techniques.. At the same time, we explore the different modes of the Documentary genre including observational, ethnographic, biographic/historical, agit/prop and activist forms, and as well, more expanded approaches such as essay, poetry, autobiography, archival forms. Through our projects, we will address some of the thorny theoretical and ethical issues that arise in non-fiction production such as point of view, the position of the filmmaker in relation to her subject, the politics of representation, real or imagined lines between fact and fiction, and the limits of representation.
    The course consists of twice-weekly meetings and a weekly screening at the PFA. There will be a $60.00 lab fee to use equipment and editing labs. Permission of instructor required.