Documentary Concepts and Research (Online)
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.
This course will now be delivered via online distance learning. Students will require their own computer or other internet connected device. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please get in contact with Ripley.
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
- Case study: undoing disability stereotypes
This course will now be delivered via online distance learning, and students will require a computer or other internet connected device. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in contact with Ripley.
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.