Rethinking Documentary

Module summary

Module code: CINE1004
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): Jodi Nelson-Tabor

Specification

Pre and co requisites

None

Aims

This course will provide students with the skills and creative vision in documentary production, as well as the critical understanding of the historical context and contemporary modes of documentary practice against the backdrop of the wider issues in media production.

The course introduces methods and strategies of documentary film production and new forms of digital media making. It is also rooted in its understanding of politics, aesthetics and ethics of documentary practice, and its nature and diversity in contemporary society.

Students will engage in practical exercises, log their research and synthesise their critical and creative practice into reflective engagement.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Develop an awareness of documentary production techniques, ethics and aesthetics
2 Exhibit specific filmmaking and production management skills related to documentary practice
3 Synthesise concepts of new forms of digital production methodologies
4 Develop technical skills (camera, lighting, sound, interview styles, modes)
5 Understanding of the workings of media and their broad cultural and social impacts
6 Manifest critical and reflective appraisal of digital media

Indicative content

The course introduces methods and strategies of documentary film production and new forms of digital media making. It is also rooted in its understanding of politics, aesthetics and ethics of documentary practice, and its nature and diversity in contemporary society.

Students will engage in practical exercises, log their research and synthesise their critical and creative practice into reflective engagement.

Teaching and learning activity

This course will run like a studio in which material is presented and discussed horizontally between lecturer and students. The material will cover a range of documentary practices, cultural critique and theory. Activities will include film festival, public engagement activities and conference or special event visits.

Assessment

Research Blog/Essay - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 5 & 6.
Outline Details - How Can We Effectively Write About Documentary Filmmaking in Contemporary society? A reflective essay on existing documentary practices. 1000 words.

Mobile or Interactive Documentary Practice - 60% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 4.
Outline Details - Group documentary project based on new methodologies of documentary practice.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment - Practical exercises, in-class discussions and presentations/viewings.