Open City Documentary Festival

Documentary Storytelling: Reloaded (Online)

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Dates
May 4 — May 25
 
Duration
Wednesday evenings across 4 weeks 6:30-9pm BST
 
Price
£150
 

A course for documentary practitioners who want to critically frame their filmmaking in order to produce thought-provoking films that have social and cultural implications.

Led by Dr. Catalin Brylla, a practice-led film scholar and Lecturer in Film and Television at Bournemouth University, this course is for documentary practitioners who want to critically frame their filmmaking in order to produce thought-provoking films that have social and cultural implications. It also addresses a broad range of conceptual methodologies that offer a good springboard for practice-led research (e.g. practice-based PhD, visual ethnography, experimental filmmaking, video art, etc.).

Although no prerequisites are required, it is generally recommended that participants first do the ‘Documentary Storytelling’ course. At the discretion of the tutor, participants can bring their own material for discussing their research.

Indicative Course Outline:

Session 1: The Mediation of Space and Time

  • Observational documentary as a record of time
  • Everyday materialities
  • Memory as trace and event

Session 2: The Essay Film

  • Portrait essay
  • Travel essay
  • Diary essay
  • Editorial essay
  • Refractive essay

Session 3: Ethnographic Film and Embodied Experience

  • Ethnographic film
  • The performative documentary
  • Embodied knowledge

Session 4: Representation

  • Social schemas and spectatorship
  • Stereotypes
  • Case study: undoing disability stereotypes

This course will be delivered via online distance learning, and students will require a computer or other internet connected device.

If you have any enquiries regarding this course please contact shortcourses@opencitylondon.com or call +442031084774.

Tutors

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Catalin Brylla

Course Tutor

Film scholar and Principal Lecturer in Film and Television at Bournemouth University, and holder of a doctorate in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London, his research aims for a pragmatic understanding of documentary spectatorship with regards to experience, empathy and narrative comprehension. In a larger context this work also advocates for the filmmaker’s understanding of how audio-visual and narrative representation impacts on society’s understanding of stereotyped groups, such as disabled people, women and African cultures. He is currently editing two books, “Documentary and Dis/ability” (with Helen Hughes) and “Cognitive Theory in Documentary Film Studies” (with Mette Kramer). As a practice-led researcher, he has just completed two feature documentaries about blindness and the everyday, and another feature documentary, “Zanzibar Soccer Dreams” (with Florence Ayisi), about Muslim women playing football.