Before he was a filmmaker, the man known as the “father of documentary filmmaking” was an explorer. In 1913, Robert Flaherty brought a camera along on a journey to the Hudson Bay region of Canada. The result was Nanook of the North, widely regarded as the first documentary film. Following in Flaherty’s footsteps we will learn the art and craft of the documentary film and apply those skills to the creation of films documenting life in our ports-of-call. Emphasis will be on production and post-production concepts, including directorial point-of-view, camera style, scene coverage, story construction, editing rhythm, appropriate technology and the filmmaker-subject relationship. Instruction in, and the practice of, these production techniques will be complimented by consideration of the history, traditions and ethics of documentary filmmaking especially as they relate to the documentation of other cultures. Note: Students must provide, and be skilled in the use of, their own digital video cameras and editing software.
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