Film Studies


How to Make an 8-Minute Documentary

Value: 30 credits

Tutor: Professor Stephen Hart

Assessment: five one-minute exercises, one 2,000-words essay and an eight-minute documentary

Module description:

This ab initio ten-lesson course provides theoretical as well as practical advice on how to create an eight-minute documentary.

It begins with five individual film exercises based on the five building blocks of a documentary, including (i) the self-portrait, (ii) the protagonist, (iii) tension within the frame, (iv) mood, and (v) stages of a process.

Students then form groups and create their documentary in five stages, based on (i) research, (ii) the treatment, (iii) the storyboard, (iv) the shoot, and (v) editing and post-production.