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Topics in Visual Journalism

Documentary Seminar 1

Course Details

The documentary form continues to expand, creating new and exciting opportunities for journalists. OurĀ  inaugural documentary specialization allows students to be at the forefront of this exciting field and to train them to meet the dynamic needsĀ  of the industry. This specialization track focuses on in-depth project-based documentary journalism, whether it be documentary features, series, video for the web or interactive documentaries.

This seven-credit-hour documentary seminar will combine the rigor of journalistic research and reporting with an intense focus on building advanced documentary camera skills, story development and editing for structure. Students will learn about different styles and genres of documentary films by watching, writing about, and analyzing documentaries while they are developing their own documentary ideas. They will write proposals for their film projects then pitch them in front of industry professionals.

Students produce at least two major videos which will move them forward in their story development towards their capstone project.

They will also explore special topics such as video for social media, AR/VR 360 video and drone cinematography. The editing portion will focus on story structure and developing technical editing skills. All of the lessons will be a combination of theory and hands-on instruction.

Permission of instructor is needed for this course.