F175 Documentary Video Workshop - Direct Cinema, Cinema Verité
Tue - Th 5:30 PM - 9:15 PM
Instructor: Christin Bolewski
Workshop in documentary video production, development of critical
standards, ethical issues and technical methods.
The mobility and flexibility of modern small digital video equipment
makes it possible to return to strategies of the "Direct Cinema
/ Cinema Verité" tradition in documentary film making. The concept
of "Direct Cinema" is exclusively based on handhold camera and
original recording of image and sound without any manipulation
or mise en scéne during the recording process. This immediacy
in representing reality keeps the film maker in the position of
an objective observer who does not influences the situation and
results in a very authentic, unconventional and direct style.
Using the aesthetic concept of "Direct Cinema" students will realise
short documentary videos (app. 5 min length) which should be portraits
of people living in Santa Cruz. Screening of "Direct Cinema" documentaries
will be included in the workshop.
Each student is responsible for the completion of short documentaries
Prerequisite: FILM 170
After registering, all students are required to have an email
interview with the instructor regarding their experience with
video making, digital or video production and recording techniques,
their experience with Final Cut Pro editing on Macintosh computers.
Students will mainly work in groups or individually, as authors
/ creators of their videos, collaboration during production is
encouraged and expected as part of the course. Attendance and
participation in the class is essential, missing two or more classes
unexcused, will result in a Not Pass grade.
Costs: Each student is responsible for the cost of material required
to complete the project
Some chapters of the following books will be available by paper
copies at the beginning of the workshop:
1 Nonfiction Film - A Critical History, Richard M. Borsam
2 New Documentary: A Critical Introduction, Stella Bruzzi
3 A Cinema of Nonficition, William Guynn
4 Documentary Film Classics, William Rothman
5 New Challenges for Documentary, edited by Alan Rosenthal
6 Representing Reality, Bill Nichols