Nonfiction Film and Development

Course Code: BFMP 3000

Academic Year: 2020-2021

This course prepares students for developing, writing, shooting and pitching for documentary projects. The filmmaker's control of the genesis, structuring and pitching of a documentary project is reviewed and practiced. Textual/visual research, planning, and organizing the structure and story, visualization, and writing narration is undertaken. Planning and practice includes decisions about genre, approach, point-of-view, narrative spectrum and the building and nurturing of vital relationships with subjects. Students develop proposals with accompanying support material and practice the art of the verbal pitch that together constitute a compelling presentation of premise, characters, story and style of a focused documentary film project.