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This six-session evening course focuses on the art of storytelling in documentary film.
Each session will include discussions of how theoretical concepts relate to formal considerations in documentary filmmaking - keeping the balance between the theory of practice and the theory in practice.
It runs over six Wednesdays, 6:30pm to 9pm, and is delivered using classroom-based interactive lectures.
This course is run by the Open City Docs School, based in UCL's Department of Anthropology.
Who it's for
This course is for:
- documentary practitioners who are either preparing, shooting or editing their documentary
- scholars who want to analyse or write about documentaries
- anyone who is passionate about non-fiction films
There are no pre-requisites required to apply for this course.
The following content is an example of what will be covered, but is only indicative.
- Documentary elements
- Soviet montage and conceptual watching
- The poetic documentary
- Spatial and emotional impact of shot sizes
- The immersive actuality of continuity
- The observational documentary
- Character profiling through interviews
- The function of cutaways
- The interactive documentary
- Participatory documentary formats
- Brecht and defamiliarising the audience
- The reflexive documentary
- The hybrid documentary
- Memory, identity and rhetoric through the archive
- The expository documentary
- Narrative structure: story and plot
- Narrative point-of-view and subjectivity
- Documentary comedy and distantiation
- Parody and reflexivity
- The mockumentary
- The investigative documentary comedy
Cost and concessions
This course fees are:
- £180 - full price
- £160 - students
- £150 - UCL students
Dr Catalin Brylla
Catalin is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London and holds a doctorate in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. His research aims for a pragmatic understanding of documentary spectatorship with regards to experience, empathy and narrative comprehension. In a larger context, this work also advocates for the filmmaker’s understanding of how audio-visual and narrative representation impacts on society’s understanding of stereotyped groups, such as disabled people, women and African cultures.
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Course information last modified: 9 Sep 2019, 13:58