Making documentary films involves more than just pointing your camera at a subject or recording an event. Your film is a historical document that not only tells the story of your subject but reflects you as an artist. Directing a film means making difficult choices, from initial story concept to first screening. Documentaries are similar to narrative fiction films; both are based on a series of tools and techniques. This course will focus on helping participants choose how best to tell their story, design their production, develop their aesthetic, and capture their story on film. Through the screening of selected film clips, readings, in-class instruction, and weekly assignments, students will gain an understanding of the art of directing a documentary while developing the skills they need to fulfill their vision. Basic film/video skills are suggested. (16 hours)
Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but have regularly scheduled virtual sessions.
Randolph Benson is a graduate of Wake Forest University and of the North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. His film Man and Dog has appeared in eighteen film festivals in seven countries and has garnered numerous awards, most notably a Gold Medal in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards. His work has been features on the Bravo Network, the Independent Film Channel (Split Screen), WTTW-Chicago, UNC-TV (NC Visions) and Telewizja Polska S.A.-Poland. He also received an Eastman Kodak Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
A $10 materials fee is due at the first class.
Continuing Education, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27705
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