Documentary Concepts and Research

Dates

Nov 21 — Dec 12

Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9pm

 

Price

£150

 

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

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.

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

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: Narrative Voice and Embodied Experience

  • The formal, open and poetic voice
  • The performative documentary
  • Embodied knowledge

Session 4: Representation

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

 

Tutors

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Catalin Brylla

Course Tutor

Practice-led film scholar and Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London