Documentary: Connection Course

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311DOCC ZK 2 24S English winter

Subject guarantor

Vít JANEČEK

Name of lecturer(s)

Vít JANEČEK

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will encounter and come to understand the complex issues of dealing with reality and with its representation, as they occur in the various stages of (documentary) filmmaking.

Mode of study

lecture

Prerequisites and co-requisites

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Course contents

This course is focused on exploring documentary cinema within its broad range of artistic and rhetorical methods toward representing reality -- from both a theoretical and empirical standpoint. At its foundation, the course will consider the theoretical approaches of Nichols, Bruzzi and Gauthier within the context of theories of representation (mostly Jost).

Apart from screenings and subsequent reflections, the course will also include 4 small practical exercises with the purpose of examining documentary principles (technical brilliance of the resulting films will not be important, as students will often use with their mobile phones or small cameras).

Each session will consist of an introduction, a screening and a discussion of selected films, organized either historically, or in accordance with considered modes of documentary filmmaking: poetical, expository, observational, interactive, reflexive, performative. Four sessions will also include the screenings and reflections of the students’ practical exercises.

Course Content:

Recommended or required reading

Bill Nichols: Introduction to Documentary film (1991)

Stella Bruzzi: New Documentary: A Critical Introduction (2000)

Guy Gauthier: Le Documentaire, un autre cinéma (1999)

Erik Barnow: Documentary - A History of Non-Fiction Film (first: 1974)

Assessment methods and criteria

Two smaller practical exercises, 2-3 pages concept for final project, attendance

Note

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Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

06:00–08:0008:00–10:0010:00–12:0012:00–14:0014:00–16:0016:00–18:0018:00–20:0020:00–22:0022:00–24:00
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
room 308
Room No. 5

(Lažanský palác)
JANEČEK V.
15:40–18:55
(lecture parallel1)
Oct 3, 24, Nov 7
Fri
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 15:40–18:55 Vít JANEČEK Room No. 5
Lažanský palác
Oct 3, 24, Nov 7 lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans