SEL3347 : Contemporary Documentary 2: Theory & Practice
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Tina Gharavi
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
To have an introduction to the historical developments of documentary practise in the 20th century focusing on more recent 21st century documentary practitioners.
Students will also be taught a range of skills in production to develop an understanding of the practical implications of documentary production to have an immersed understanding of the codes and conventions of the discipline.
Students will be able to critically analyse contemporary documentary work.
Outline Of Syllabus
Through lectures, screenings, technical workshops, production practice and a short series of visiting lecturers, students will have the experience of studying documentary as a genre and becoming aware of its various strands. Students will give presentations on a range of filmmakers whose work will be introduced through the course of the semester, they will analyse methodologies including codes and conventions and be able to make some practical experiments with the medium.
Students will be required to give oral presentations, create a short documentary, and write an essay on an aspect of contemporary documentary practice or, alternatively, will be able to make a proposal to create one of a select number of final projects which can be practice based.
All practice-based final submissions (in lieu of a formal essay) will also have a written element in which students are expected to reflect on their experience of practice, self-analyse their completed production and place their work in a historical and contemporary context.
Not all students may be allowed automatically to follow the practice-based option. There may be a selection process for this according to the quality of applications and the availability of resources.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||3:00||36:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||3:00||9:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||82:00||82:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||73:00||73:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
This is a practice-based course that explores documentary film-making in the framework of understanding theory in practice. Students gain practical skills while reflecting on theoretical ideas in contemporary documentary.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||10||2||A||20||10 minute in class presentation|
|Essay||2||A||70||Essay (of 2500 words) or Documentary Practice Film (plus 2000 word reflective commentary)|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||A||10||Attendance and participation|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
There are two options for this course:
OPTION ONE: Students will write a 2,500 word essay on a documentary maker and their practice.
OPTION TWO: Students film a 4 minute documentary self-portrait and this material will then be edited using a computer based non-linear editing system. Students following this option will write a 2,000 word essay reflecting on their own practice and contextualising their work in the practice and ideas of other filmmakers or movements.
Students working in teams also give an Oral Presentation that is assessed. Lastly, attendance and group work are assessed. Attendance is essential as workshops missed are critical skills that are difficult to obtain elsewhere. Also as there is a high degree of teamwork, student attendance is therefore essential.