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The Documentary Body: Advanced Media Production

By Vicky Funari


This course focuses on the theory and craft of documentary film through an exploration of representations of the body, broadly defined: human, animal, machine, bodies of land and water, ideal and remembered bodies. Students will produce short documentaries on topics of their choosing, developing them from start to finish, with a focus on how to translate a non-fiction idea \ud into a time-based media piece with a clear visual and aural aesthetic and a narrative structure. Projects may be generated specifically for this class or may arise from and engage with students’ ongoing scholarly work. Students may create single-channel videos or they may explore other media platforms, such as web documentaries, installations, and mobile media. Production labs will help students further develop their pre-existing production skills in camera, lighting, sound, and editing. We will also develop our understanding of the course theme through weekly documentary screenings, student presentations, and thematic and craft readings

Year: 2016
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