Nonfiction Film Production

Course Code: BFMP 3500

Academic Year: 2020-2021

This course explores problems in non-fiction film and media practice. Building on concepts taught in Documentary Development, and working from proposals completed in that course, students gain competency in the pre-production, production, and post production of non-fiction film and media through the creation of original non-fiction work. Working in small groups, students hone their storytelling, research, and writing skills in the continued development of their projects. During the production phase proficiency in producing, directing, image and sound capture are emphasized. Given the unpredictability of non-fiction work, editing and post-production offer challenges to the student filmmaker in keeping the story engaging, while navigating the technical components of delivery. Students develop a preliminary understanding of documentary marketing and distribution. An on-going discussion of major theoretical issues in non-fiction media supports the production process. Throughout the project students consult regularly with faculty, and work collaboratively, cultivating their interpersonal, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.