Spring 2016 Undergraduate English Courses: Creative Writing
351:314 Documentary Filmmaking for Writers
||T 2, 3
In this course, documentary films are understood to be character driven non-fiction narratives created from the selecting, organizing and presenting of factual material. This course focuses on the importance of story-telling in documentaries and teaches students about the various filmic techniques, elements and choices needed to create their own successful short film. Students will learn how to conduct an interview, film additional visual material and b roll, utilize archival footage, and layer sound, music and image into a compelling film. Students work hands-on with Adobe Premiere Pro and digital cameras provided by the Writers House program
Students not familiar with the software will be expected to log time in the lab learning the software to adequately gain the skills necessary to edit their films. Very little classroom time will be spent on the "how" of editing, but rather on the more interesting "why" of editing.