Tuesday Evenings (6.30pm to 9pm) from the 1st of May 2018.

This course is targeted towards documentary practitioners who are either preparing, shooting or editing their documentary; scholars who want to analyse or write about documentaries; and people who are simply passionate about non-fiction films. Keeping the balance between the theory OF practice and the theory IN practice, each session will include discussions of how theoretical concepts relate to formal considerations in documentary filmmaking.

Course Tutor: Dr. Catalin Brylla, practice-led film scholar and Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London.

The following topics are only indicative:

Session 1 

- Documentary elements
- Soviet montage and conceptual watching
- The Poetic Documentary

Session 2 

- Spatial and emotional impact of shot sizes
- The immersive actuality of continuity
- The Observational Documentary

Session 3

- Character profiling through interviews
- The function of cutaways
- The Interactive Documentary
- Participatory documentary formats

Session 4

- Brecht and defamiliarising the audience
- The Reflexive Documentary
- The Hybrid Documentary

Session 5 

- Memory, identity and rhetoric through the archive
- The Expository Documentary
- Narrative structure: story and plot
- Narrative point-of-view and subjectivity

If you have any enquiries regarding this course please contact or please call 0203 1086696


Documentary Storytelling

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 18:30
£150 / £140 for students / £130 for UCL students

Student Central, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HY.

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