Trainings

KIK IMAGES (SMC-Private) Limited

Course Plan 1

Course Title: Personal Documentary

Course Number: 1

Credit Hours: 3 hours per week

Prerequisites: None

 

Catalog Description: Production course introduces students to the documentary, a form of nonfiction filmmaking. Students will create short (3-10 minute) personal and issue-driven documentaries in visual media, utilizing narration, video, still photographs and other elements to tell a story for general audiences. Students will share their works in progress with the class.

Curricular Relationships: This course counts towards the English/Communications major. Students will gain experience with creative concept development, individual project management, critiquing work in progress, and self-evaluation of completed work. Knowledge and skills gained in this course will prepare students for video work in media production, internships, and professional employment.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completing this course, students should demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of drafting a project proposal
  2. Obtaining verbal and written consent, gaining access and trust from the film’s subject
  3. Understanding relevant copyright issues, understand Fair Use for documentary
  4. Proficiency with video production equipment
  5. Articulate and exchange ideas with instructor, verbally and in writing
  6. Appreciation and understanding for cinema as an art form and social force

Content Outline: Weekly course meetings will be held to foster concept development, oversight and advisement from the professor, and presenting work in progress to classmates. Students will be encouraged to participate in class discussion as well as present their project proposals, show work in progress, and screen their final documentary projects. Students will also present a critical review of a documentary of their own selection to the class during the course.

Course Schedule:

Week 1 – Introduction

A general outline of the course objectives will be presented as well as initial expectations and definitions of documentary. Examples of documentary films will be discussed.

Week 2 – Overview of Documentary Storytelling

In small groups and through lecture, students will explore the structures of documentary storytelling and analyze examples of documentary forms. Students will be encouraged to bring in their own examples for discussion.

Week 3 – Project Pitches: Personal Documentary

In class, students will present their ideas for short personal documentary. Any area of the student’s life, past or present, may be used so long as it is non-fiction. Peers are encouraged to critique this pitch and follow up with further questions prior to concept development.

Week 4 – Concept Development: Personal Documentary

The “production elements” of these personal docs will be outlined by each group of students.

Filming locations, archival footage, written elements, interviews, and other visual media assets will be itemized and students will determine how these resources will be provided by the group.

Week 5 – Production Training

This session will be a detailed camera workshop for students to become familiar with camera equipment, including test shoots.

Week 6 – Production: Personal Documentary

Outside of class time, or during class if necessary, students will shoot their personal docs.

Class time will be used for viewing additional documentaries for production analysis – such as writing, camera techniques, editing, thematic elements, etc.

Week 7 – Production Wrap-Up: Personal Documentary

Class time will be used for viewing “dailies” of completed footage for analysis and critique by the professor and students. The footage will be assessed for its editing potential.

Remaining time will be used to create a “paper edit” of the personal docs. Any re-shoots or final production elements must be completed this week.

Week 8 – Video Editing Training

This session will be a detailed editing workshop for students to become familiar with video editing, including importing their video footage for post-production.

Week 9 – Personal Documentary Post-production; Project Pitches: Issue Documentary

Outside of class, students will work towards a rough cut of their personal docs. In class, students will present their ideas for issue documentary films. Any topic of local, national, or global interest may be developed for this purpose. Peers are encouraged to critique this pitch and follow up with further questions prior to concept development.

Week 10 – Concept Development: Issue Documentary

The “production elements” of the issue doc will be outlined by each group of students.

Filming locations, archival footage, written elements, interviews, and other visual media assets will be itemized and students will determine how these resources will be provided by the group.

Week 11 – Production: Issue Documentary

Outside of class time, or during class if necessary, students will shoot their issue docs. Class time will be used for viewing additional documentaries for production analysis – such as writing, camera techniques, editing, thematic elements, etc.

Week 12 – Production Wrap-Up: Issue Documentary

Class time will be used for viewing “dailies” of completed footage for analysis and critique by the professor and students. The footage will be assessed for its editing potential. Remaining time will be used to create a “paper edit” of the issue docs. Any re-shoots or final production elements must be completed this week.

Week 13 – Documentary Films Post-production (both films)

Outside of class, students will work toward a rough cut of their documentaries. Class time will be used to screen work in progress, instructor critique, and peer review.

Week 14 – Final Cut Screening

Students will complete the final cut of their documentaries. This may be in conjunction with a general screening for the campus and community.

Week 15 – Conclusion

Students will turn in a 4-5 page summary paper of their work.