In the real world, what relationships have the necessary friction to generate compelling films? Documentary Filmmaking will introduce you to the craft, history and theory behind attempts to answer this question. Through production assignments, screenings, and seminar discussions, you will take your first steps into the world of non-fiction filmmaking. Further, as films are often vessels for their directors’ preoccupations, the course will also push you to examine the formal, social, and political concerns that animate your life.
Sample reading list:
Paul Cronin, Herzog on Herzog
Nathaniel Dorsky, Devotional Cinema
David MacDougall, Transcultural Cinema
Trinh T. Minh-ha, The Framer Framed
Five short films (recorded, directed, and edited by the student). 3-5 hours of watching films each week. And six journal entries written in response to these films (each entry should be two pages long).