SAC 301 - Documentary I
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Enforced Prerequisites:
SAC 290 and SAC Major.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This class is a comprehensive introduction to documentary film production, designed to teach the theoretical, aesthetic and technical principles of nonfiction filmmaking. Students will be exposed to a range of documentary film modes and theoretical concerns via readings and discussion, while gaining hands-on experience with production tactics focused on creating powerful images and captivating audio. In addition, the class will explore post-production methods with Adobe Premiere, designed to help craft nonfiction stories into compelling films. Students will be producing both individual projects as well as working in groups to produce a larger final film.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed based on attendance and participation (10%), on reading responses to assigned texts (13%), on executing several roles while shooting and editing in class interviews (12%), on independently creating a short essay film (20%), and working with a group to produce a final short documentary film (45%).

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in learning via hands-on experience the theory, practice, and means of producing non-fiction film from concept to final product. Although this class has a prerequisite of SAC 290, we will begin with the basics and no additional production experience is necessary.

Class Format:

This class will take full advantage of meeting for 2 hours, twice a week with lectures, equipment and software demos, critique of student work, viewing and discussing examples as well as production planning sessions. Students should expect to dedicate considerable time outside of class in order to complete creative projects.

SAC 301 - Documentary I
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 9:00AM - 11:00AM
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Please make sure you get the 6th Edition of the Rabiger book.
ISBN: 0415719305
Directing the documentary, Author: Michael Rabiger. Sixth edit 2014
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