FTVM 301 - Documentary I
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Enforced Prerequisites:
FTVM 290 and FTVM Major.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This production course is an introduction to the art of documentary filmmaking. An emphasis will be placed on story craft: how to carve dramatic, emotionally engaging narratives out of real events, and personalities. Basic technical skills in cinematography, field recording, editing, directing, and producing will be developed as you create individual projects and work in small teams to develop an artistic voice. Various styles of non-fiction filmmaking will be explored with the aim of reimagining those aesthetics devices for use in your own documentary projects.

Course Requirements:

Students will be assessed based on attendance and participation (20%), on executing several roles while shooting and editing in-class interviews (15%), 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 to create documentary films and developing skills in cinematography, field recording, directing, producing, and editing.

Class Format:

This class will take full advantage of meeting for 4 hours, once 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.


FTVM 301 - Documentary I
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
F 10:00AM - 2:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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