Spring 2018

Documentary Production

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-441  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-441

Faculty

Elliot T. Montague (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as ARHA 441 and FAMS 441)  Intended for advanced film/video production students, this course will explore creative documentary practice through readings, weekly screenings and production assignments. Each student will complete a series of projects working both as a single maker and in collaboration with other members of the class. Topics may include: shooting the interview; scripting, performance and reenactment; history and narrativity; place and space; ethnography and the “embedded” filmmaker. We will also host visiting filmmakers and, where possible, visit a cultural institution which supports and screens cutting-edge documentary work.

The course will be taught annually but will focus on a set of revolving themes and issues that inform contemporary documentary filmmaking and the critical discourse that  surrounds it. The theme for fall 2016 was “Places and Spaces.”  One 3-hour class (some of which will include field shooting and research trips) and one evening screening each week.

Requisite: A prior 200-level production course or relevant experience (to be discussed with the instructor in advance of the first class). Limited to 12 students. Spring semester. Professor Montague.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to FAMS and ARHA majors, then attention will be given to achieving a mix of majors and Five College participation

Keywords

Artistic Practice

Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015, Fall 2016