Course DescriptionToday, with hundreds of cable and web channels, and more on the way, there is a real need for documentary programs and dedicated filmmakers to produce them. In this course you focus on the creative aspects of writing, directing , and shooting documentaries. Lectures, discussion, and practical exercises guide you through the steps of making a documentary, including the right research, what to include, interviewing techniques, narrative techniques, outlining a shooting script, prepping and planning your first shoot, laying out a shooting schedule and shot list, directing, B-roll, writing an edit script, editing, and pitching. Throughout the quarter, you have the opportunity to shoot three short documentaries which are screened in class and edited outside of class.
Course OutlineIn this course, you focus on the creative aspects of writing, directing, and shooting documentaries in this ever-growing, multi-platform entertainment marketplace through lectures, discussions, and practical exercises.
PrerequisitesStudents must have access to a camera and editing equipment. Proficiency with an editing software program is strongly recommended. Students are responsible for making their work available on media for in-class viewing, analysis, and evaluation.
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