Course DescriptionThis course covers the essentials of shooting a five- to seven-minute documentary: developing an idea, researching the topic, interviewing subjects, creating a visual strategy, and location scouting, lighting, and shooting. Creative uses of still photographs, artwork, and stock footage are also explored. Students may work individually or in groups. By the end of the term, each student or group should have a working rough cut or fine cut edited non-linear editing software tools that students learn to use during in-class instruction. Students have access to New School digital video cameras, but each must bring a firewire drive.
- How to research and develop an idea in preparation for documentary production.
- Aesthetic and technical skills for producing and shooting a short-documentary subject, using both camera and non-camera based filmmaking techniques.
- Knowledge of editing on non-linear editing software.
- Students will complete the class with a documentary film of their own making, in either the rough cut or fine cut stage.
- Experience with working in a group environment on a documentary film shoot.