Fall 2007

ARTS 644
Documentary Filmmaking

Molomot,Lisa

09/11/2007 - 12/11/2007
Tuesday 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Public Affairs Center 107

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of how documentary films are made, through technical training and practical experience in shooting and editing digital video. Through a series of exercises and in-class critique sessions, students will learn how to compose shots, obtain proper exposure and white balance, record sound, and edit using the Final Cut Express post-production platform (an Apple Macintosh software program). Students will also refine their critical and aesthetic sensibilities and enhance their knowledge of the documentary film as an art form. By taking this course, students will learn: the fundamentals of video camera technology and editing equipment; the compositional structure of the documentary film form; and the critical and aesthetic issues in the history of this form.

Sources of study for the course will include: Tom Schroeppel, The Bare Bones Camera Course for Video; Michael Rabiger, Directing the Documentary; other selected readings (handouts); and documentary films.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

Students are expected to have a digital video camera with a firewire connection. Students are also encouraged, but not required, to have a tripod, sound equipment, and Final Cut Pro on their computer.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
http://www.wesleyan.edu/masters/courses/Fall_2007/fall07_syllabi/syb_arts644.html


Lisa Molomot (B.A. Hamilton College; M.F.A. The American Film Institute) is a documentary producer and editor. She has edited documentaries for A&E, The Discovery Channel, PBS, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her various credits include The Kentucky Theatre, The Last Hostage, Los Occultos, Manna From Heaven, Vivien Leigh: A Delicate Balance, On the Inside of: The World Series of Poker, Greg Ford For Congress, and Battle for the Minds. She recently completed a documentary, The Hill, about an unprecedented civil rights case in New Haven. Click here for more information about Lisa Molomot.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 12

Texts to purchase for this course:
Michael Rabiger, DIRECTING THE DOCUMENTARY, 4th Edition (Focal Press), Paperback

Tom Schroeppel, THE BARE BONES CAMERA COURSE FOR FILM AND VIDEO, 2nd Edition(Schroeppel), Paperback

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