Documentary Filmmaking II

There are unlimited ways in which to record and portray the world around us. In this class, we will analyze classic and contemporary strategies for making a documentary film, and see if we can invent some new ones of our own. It’s important to know what came before, and as important to learn about the present by being a part of creating it. The emphasis is on making. A wide range of films will be screened, but the course is mainly dedicated to having each student shoot and edit a medium length (20-30 minute) documentary, or a series of shorter films.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

VIS 263, or the Freshman Seminar is FR138 (Representation in Documentary Filmmaking) or Purcell Carson’s course, URB 202/HIS 202/HUM 202/VIS 200, or the permission of the instructor if you haven’t taken either of these classes. If you haven’t had in-person classroom training in Premiere, you have to do the Tutorial that’s offered by our program. Contact the professor for more information by emailing Su Friedrich at




Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM


Su Friedrich