VA342 Introduction to Documentary Film

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
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VA342 Introduction to Documentary Film 1 2 6 TUESDAY 09:00 - 11:50
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Course Objectives The objective of this course is to introduce students to the art of documentary filmmaking and to develop the professional skills used in the field. The class explores a variety of components of non-fiction filmmaking from the conceptualization of an idea through postproduction. Structured around hands-on assignments, where students practice visual storytelling and interview techniques, the course is supplemented with lectures and discussions about the different documentary traditions, genres and styles. In addition, the class covers basic technical aspects needed for professional documentary filmmaking such as camera operation, composition and framing, location sound, editing techniques, and postproduction workflow
Textbook The search for Reality - Michael Tobias , From word to Image- Marcie Begleiter, Single Camera Video Production - Robert M. Rusburger, The Art of Watching Film - Petre Boggs
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. write and pre-visualize documentary project,
  2. demonstrate knowledge of documentary film history,aesthetics and current film practices and standarts
  3. analyze documentary production in its social and historical context,
  4. recognize and analyze the impacy of documentary form on contemporary society
  5. produce a project for their own short documentary film.
Teaching Methods activity in debates, presentations - assignments, project, portfolio, participation
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Course Introduction. Expectations&Overview.What is Documentary?Documentary Genres. - Cinema Vérité : "Grey Gardens" by Albert and David Maysles The search for Reality - Michael Tobias
Week 2 Documentary Film Dynamics : Fiction, Non-Fiction Films.
Week 3 How to start Documentary Films? Narrative and Non-Narrative Films. "Man with a Movie Camera" Dziga Vertov
Week 4 Proposal ,Treatment,Synopsis writing,Composition and Scenario, Visual Documentatiton. From word to Image- Marcie Begleiter
Week 5 Editing Concepts: Misé-en-scene, Framing, tips and Techniques in Documentary Films - PROJECT I Shooting a Film - Mehmet Aslantepe
Week 6 Editing Techniques, Software and Montage. Editing Digital Video - Robert M. Goodman
Week 7 MID-TERM (PROJECT II)
Week 8 Camera Operation, Framing, Lightning, Microphone using, Preparing Schedule Single Camera Video Production. Robert Rusburger
Week 9 Character casting in Documentary Films(Character Portraits), "Nobody's Business" by Alan Berliner Design for the real World - Victor Papanek
Week 10 Social,Political and Propoganda Documentaries. "Sicko" by Michael Moore.
Week 11 Truth and Fiction in Documentary. "Thin Blue Line" by Errol Morris
Week 12 PRESENTATION FOR FINAL PROJECT (PROJECT III)
Week 13 Post-Production for Final Project Post Production Black & White Steve Macleod
Week 14 Final review of all projects, Closing remarks
Week 15 FINAL - SCREENING for whole semester
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 35 5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Attendance&Participation 1 10
Mid-term exam 1 25 4
PROJECT I 1 15 3
PROJECT III 1 15 2
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Midterm Project 6 2 12
Presentation 4 6 24 Presentation 4 6 24
Project 5 9 45
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 04/03/2020
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