Arts and Sciences BASc 3 years

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ANTH1017 Documentary Film-Making

Priority of places will be given to first year students. Second years will be considered if there are any spaces remaining after the first year allocation.


The course runs for 6 hours per week in Term 1 as follows:

9-11am on Mondays
Seminar / Practice session:
11am-1pm on Thursdays
Film screening: 9-11am on Tuesdays or 9-11am on Thursdays


  1. Diary of Film-making (2,000 words) – 30%,
  2. a 3-5 minute film (70%)

Course Outline

This course provides training in the use of digital media and provides students with an introduction to quality documentary filmmaking.  The course will develop the students’ critical skills of film analysis through the practical application and experience of creating a short film and manipulating digital media and equipment to that end.  The course responds to the growing wish among UCL students to use digital media as a tool in research.  This course contributes to students’ intellectual formation by opening new ways of reading and understanding visual ethnographies achieved through a practical appreciation of the craft of documentary.

Method of Delivery

Students will have 1 hour lecture a week followed by 2 hours of supervised practice. Since the course is designed to teach camera and editing skills, it will be delivered in 9 one-hour demonstrations/lectures and 2-hour seminars and tutorials (i.e. 3 hours teaching per week) and 2 hours of group supervision during the final week of term. Every student must produce a final 3-5 minute video, to be shot at a maximum ratio of 125 minutes of rushes. 

Students will spend a minimum of three hours in the first 4 weeks completing practical camera coursework, in their own time outside of formal instruction periods, for appraisal in tutorials.  This will be followed by 1-4 days project research and filming.  They will need to spend 30-40 hours editing in the department’s Visual Media Laboratory, or on their own editing equipment.  If they are using UCL computers for editing they may need to do this in the evenings and at weekends. Students will use UCL cameras, and, where needed UCL workstations.

Course Objectives

This course contributes to interdisciplinary teaching of the practice of using film to ask and probe research questions and shows how film can become an integral part of a research process.

Students will acquire:

  1. the technical skills needed to complete a video project to broadcast standards using digital video cameras and simple editing programmes.
  2. practical, analytical and intellectual skills in using moving image and sound recording equipment and begin to understand how new technologies create new methodologies. 
  3. through the hands-on experience of producing a 3-5 minute video project, as well as the preparatory work carried out towards this end during the first part of the term, students will obtain an introductory level insight to the representational capacity of digital video.