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F22 Documentary Concepts and Research

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Open City Docs

This course is for documentary practitioners who want to critically frame their filmmaking in order to produce thought-provoking films that have social and cultural implications. It also addresses a broad range of conceptual methodologies that offer a good springboard for practice-led research (e.g. practice-based PhD, visual ethnography, experimental filmmaking, video art, etc.). Although no prerequisites are required, it is generally recommended that participants first do the “Documentary Storytelling” course. At the discretion of the tutor, participants can bring their own material for discussing their research.  

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OPENCITY40

Course Dates

15th May 2017 – 19th June 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Dr. Catalin Brylla
Course Description

Course Dates: Every Monday from the 15th May - 12th June

Course Tutor: Dr. Catalin Brylla, practice-led film scholar and Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London

Indicative Course Outline:

Session 1: The Mediation of Space and Time

  • Observational documentary as a record of time
  • Everyday materialities
  • Memory as trace and event

Session 2: The Essay Film 

  • Portrait essay
  • Travel essay
  • Diary essay
  • Editorial essay
  • Refractive essay

Session 3: Narrative Voice and Embodied Experience

  • The formal, open and poetic voice
  • The performative documentary
  • Embodied knowledge

Session 4: Representation

  • Social schemas and spectatorship
  • Stereotypes
  • Case study: undoing disability stereotypes

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