Course DescriptionShort-format documentaries have become an increasingly powerful voice in the digital era. The documentaries showcased on platforms such as Vice, Dazed, Frontline, NYTimes Op-Docs and Storyhunter bring light to meaningful stories and are followed by thousands of viewers across the world. But this trend goes beyond the social-issue and current-affairs arena. Commercial companies are using short-format documentaries to position their products in the market. So what makes short-format documentaries so successful? What strategies and platforms exist to get your work out there? This advanced course examines the most popular online short documentary outlets, both journalistic and commercial, and explores the different cinematic and narrative techniques that can be used to make your story fit the strand. Instruction is structured around lectures, discussion with guest speakers, and practical hands-on assignments. Over the course of this workshop you develop, shoot, and edit one short-format genre-based documentary tailored to one of the main online platforms. Note: Since this is an advanced class, instruction focuses on the best creative choices to tell your story and broadcast it online, but will not cover the basics of documentary filmmaking.
Course OutlineIn the powerful world of short-form documentary, discover how to bring to light meaningful stories on many different platforms through lectures, discussions with guest speakers, and the completion of your own short-form doc.
PrerequisitesStudents must have prior experience in documentary filmmaking and access to a camera, editing, and sound recording equipment.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Acting : Electives
- Business and Management of Entertainment : Electives
- Cinematography : Cinematography
- Directing : Elective
- Entertainment Studies : Producing, Electives
- Film and TV Development : Electives
- Independent Producing : Electives
- Producing : Electives
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required