Documentary Methods: How to Make Documentaries in the Real World
This course looks at research, interview, and social/ethnographic methods corresponding to documentary filmmaking. Great documentaries are the product of a lot of legwork we don’t see on camera, so this course is designed to train students how to more productively engage with their subjects from a variety of angles. Research skills are often overlooked as intuitive, but understanding library resources and archives is an integral component to any form of subject or cultural/historical work. Interview skills are key to documentaries and this course plans to focus on training in interviews as well as the ethical implications of interviewing human subjects. Finally, there is a focus on better engaging with real-world environments as places of study and engagement.