Documentary Filmmaking

$325.00

8 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-registration list.

Documentary Filmmaking

$325.00

8 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-registration list.

Documentary Filmmaking

$325.00

8 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-registration list.

Immerse yourself in the language of Documentary Filmmaking and develop your own project.

What defining attributes does documentary film have? How does observing a subject affect that subject? How are new narrative structures created from interview? How can the cinematography of an interview tell the audience where to look as well as how to look? How can a documentary communicate senses other than sight and sound? How is the documentary format able to uniquely create new meaning from context?

These and other fundamental questions will be explored in this hands on documentary course. Along with theory and analyzes of documentaries, every class will propose a practical exercise following different stages of the filmmaking process: project development, shooting and editing.

Practical assignments include methods for setting up (light, audio, blocking, backgrounds, context), conducting, shooting and editing audio-only and on-camera interviews; capturing the essence of locations; writing and recording voiceover; writing a proposal.

Each week students can participate in a 1-hour LIVE class and interact directly with the instructor and other classmates. You can access recorded files of the classes and supporting materials at any time and study at your own convenience. After each class, you work on theoretical and practical exercises and receive feedback from the instructor. At the end of the course, you will have developed your own project.

Instructor

Andy Blubaugh

Andy Blubaugh is a documentary filmmaker and producer in Portland, Oregon. His personal, experimental works have been screened by the Sundance, Milano, Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, and Seattle International Film Festivals, among many others, and have been broadcast by PBS in the United States and Sveriges Television in Sweden. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Oregon Art Commission and the Tribeca Film Institute. He has served as the associate director of the Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, and the director ...

Instructor

Andy Blubaugh

Andy Blubaugh is a documentary filmmaker and producer in Portland, Oregon. His personal, experimental works have been screened by the Sundance, Milano, Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, and Seattle International Film Festivals, among many others, and have been broadcast by PBS in the United States and Sveriges Television in Sweden. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Oregon Art Commission and the Tribeca Film Institute. He has served as the associate director of the Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, and the director of the Northwest Film and Video Festival. He currently works as the creative director of Potboiler Story Company, a commercial video production agency, and as a cinematography instructor at the Northwest Film Center School of Film.

Instructor

Andy Blubaugh

Andy Blubaugh is a documentary filmmaker and producer in Portland, Oregon. His personal, experimental works have been screened by the Sundance, Milano, Edinburgh, Clermont-Ferrand, and Seattle International Film Festivals, among many others, and have been broadcast by PBS in the United States and Sveriges Television in Sweden. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Oregon Art Commission and the Tribeca Film Institute. He has served as the associate director of the Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, and the director of the Northwest Film and Video Festival. He currently works as the creative director of Potboiler Story Company, a commercial video production agency, and as a cinematography instructor at the Northwest Film Center School of Film.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Essential Documentary Forms and Techniques

    • What defining attributes does documentary film have?What role do staged/recreated elements serve in the exploration of truth?
    • By what methods does documentary film synthesize clarity?
    • How does this clarity differ from other forms of “true” media (journalism, surveillance, direct histories)
  • Week 2

    The Role of the Observer: Verité and Direct cinema

    • How does observing a subject affect that subject? How does Cinema Verité differ from “direct cinema”?
    • What political or historical context might explain the significance of these definitions in the US and Canada vs. those in Europe?
    • Can the authenticity of footage act against the goal of clarity (Farocki’s theory of the “pornography of the real”)
  • Week 3

    Working with Interviews: Editing for clarity

    • How are new narrative structures created from interview?
    • How is the role of the interview editor analogous to the role of a screenwriter?
    • What are the ethical responsibilities of the interview editor?
    • What role does silence play in the way interview is understood?
  • Week 4

    Conducting Interviews: Reflexive, participatory, and performative modes

    • How does an intimate method of interview affect content?
    • What are the ethical considerations in conducting interviews?
    • How does the relationship between interviewer and subject differ in reflexive or performative modes of documentary?
  • Week 5

    Shooting Interviews: Technical and practical considerations

    • How can the cinematography of an interview tell the audience where to look as well as how to look?
  • Week 6

    Capturing Tone: Observational and poetic modes

    • How can a documentary communicate senses other than sight and sound?
  • Week 7

    Point of View: Voiceover, point of view, and personal filmmaking

    • How do different voices (subjective vs. “voice of god”) affect the way a documentary is understood by an audience?
  • Week 8

    Disparate Concepts: Context and the episodic mode of documentary

    • How is the documentary format able to uniquely create new meaning from context?

How our classes work

Our online courses are handled inside Blackboard, one of the most advanced LMS platforms for online education. Blackboard integrates its platform with a tool called Collaborate. Collaborate is a virtual classroom where students and instructor can interact using a camera and a microphone.

You will watch the instructor speak live and will be able to ask questions and interact using your own video and audio feed. The instructor can also set up dedicated group activities, dividing the class in smaller groups to assign discussions, much like in an actual classroom.

All live classes are recorded, so if you miss the class on the scheduled time don’t worry. You can access the recorded file at any time during the course.

Inside the platform you will find all the contents of your course: the class script, workbook, exercises, assignments and supporting materials that will enrich your learning experience.

We take a hands-on approach to learning, so you will work on practical assignments and receive personalized feedback from the instructor.

Technology requirements

MAC

Computer Operating System: Windows 10

Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)

Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)

Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

PC

Computer Operating System: Windows 10

Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)

Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)

Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

This will cover much of the standard household computers, tablets and smartphones.

Additional Information

If you miss the real-time, LIVE class, you can access the recorded version of the class, as well as supporting materials, any time during the course.

Class size limited to 24 students.

Instructor’s location: Portland, OR.

Language: English.

Certificate issued by IAFA upon completion of the course.

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