Documentary Filmmaking

Units: 4
Student Level: Beginning

Jun 24 - Aug 2 Add to cart
Schedule: Mon/Weds 9:00am - 12:50pm
Orientation: Jun 23, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 15
Faculty: Doug Blush

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About the Class
With the widespread, financial success of such documentary films such as Blackfish, An Inconvenient Truth, March of the Penguins, and Jiro Dreams of Sushi feature documentary films are making their mark on the big screen and at the box office. Documentaries illuminate important ideas and in this new era of digital creativity they are making their mark on new media venues.
In this class, students will conceive, research, write, produce, direct and edit their own original 5 – 7 minute non-fiction work. This class will help students explore the techniques, methods and styles of the non-fiction film through lectures and demonstrations on such topics as:
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Scripting Non-Fiction Film Material
  • Creating a Coherent Visual Style
  • Effective Audio Track
  • Understanding the Logistics of Production
  • Gaining an Overview of the Marketplace
Many filmmakers from USC have made notable contributions in non-fiction works through the years, including:
  • Patricia Thio – Emmy Award winner (using a film made in the this Documentary Filmmaking Course)
  • Bill Couturie – Emmy Award winner
  • Ben Shedd – Academy Award winner
  • Kennedy Wheatly – Student Academy Award
All necessary equipment and production resources will be available for student use, including:
  • Digital cameras
  • Tripods
  • Lighting kits
  • Sound kits
  • AVID editing suites
  • Access to free on-campus locations
  • USC SCA Sound Stages
  • Access to our Cinema Film Library (with over 13,000 films)
*All projects are created outside of scheduled class time.*
*Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to changes. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours.*

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