Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
28 March 2019
Requisites for this module
BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA P303 Film Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA W620 Film Studies,
BA W623 Film Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA W628 Film Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA P500 Multimedia Journalism,
BA P501 Multimedia Journalism (Including Year Abroad),
BA P503 Multimedia Journalism (Including Placement Year)
This module specialises in documentary filmmaking and introduces the key concepts of documentary filmmaking in practice and theory. We will examine different documentary forms through the work of practitioners such as John Grierson, Molly Dineen, Nick Broomfield and Agnes Varda. Each week there are readings and screenings to inform the seminars. Documentary production skills covered include the formulation of the idea, research methods, assessing contributors, handling access, legal and consent issues, documentary camera/sound recording techniques and documentary editing.
The classes are structured around short lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises. Students work individually as well as in small groups, devising practical projects under the guidance of the tutor. The term culminates with students creating their own individual documentary film.
The aims of this module are:
1. to provide students with the necessary practical and research skills to produce short documentary films
2. to foster an understanding of production management
3. to give students the opportunity to develop their time management, creative thinking and problem solution skills
4. to develop team working skills within small production teams
On successful completion of the course, students should have:
1. acquired the practical skills necessary to produce short documentary films
2. acquired an understanding of production management
3. gained experience of time management, within the constraints of limited resources
4. developed skills in negotiating / working effectively with others in achieving a common goal
5. experience of documentary research and production
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The three-hour seminars include theoretical perspectives, practical demonstrations, and practical exercises.
- Barnouw, Erik. (1993) Documentary: a history of the non-fiction film, New York: Oxford University Press.
- Rabiger, Michael. (2014) Directing the documentary, Burlington, MA: Focal Press.
- Nichols, Bill. (2017) Introduction to documentary, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Assignment 2: Analytical Essay (2,000 words)
||Assignment 1: Individual documentary (to be screened on Thursday 12 December) SUBMISSION ON MOODLE
Module supervisor and teaching staff
LiFTS General Office - email email@example.com.
Telephone 01206 872626
Dr Mikel Koven
Senior Lecturer - Film Studies
Available via Moodle
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