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Course Description

Non-fiction filmmaking has become an extremely popular form melding journalistic integrity, social realism and narrative storytelling.  As media becomes saturated with floods of moving images, the demand for rich cinematic representation of the world’s complexities and the human condition has increased exponentially.  The form embraces entertainment and education in equal parts. Documentary and essayistic films are highly personal cinematic expressions.  The strongest work in these forms demand intelligent and skilled filmmaking blended with an artist’s deep curiosity for the world around them.

Making documentary or essay films might appear simple, but it is a deceptively complex art form that depends heavily on research, interviewing skill, strong filmmaking technique, visual intelligence and inventive editorial processes. Over the course of the residency, students will view a wide breadth of films demonstrating the many different styles of documentary and essay cinema.

The core of the residency will be hands on practice.  Students will be required to create a minimum of 3 short films;

  • One personal essay film
  • One research driven documentary
  • One hybrid film crossing fiction and factual storytelling featuring recreation and staged events.

Additionally, students will occasionally engage with select guest artists who represent the highest standards of their field.

This residency is ideal for the curious filmmaking student eager to explore non-fiction filmmaking as a unique and challenging art form designed to embrace personal, political, or aesthetical realms.

For more information on the noncredit Film Residency, click here

Prerequisites

  • Artists aged 18 and up are encouraged to apply.
  • Participants must have fundamental knowledge of film grammar and basic cinematic practices.
  • You will need to bring your own camera—it doesn't have to be fancy.

Applies To The Following Residencies

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If you have been accepted to the residency, please navigate to the program description page via that link to complete enrollment and payment.

Section Title
Summer Filmmaking Residency: Explorations of the Documentary and Essay Film Form
Type
On Campus
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
May 27, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019
Schedule and Location
Location
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (6 units) $5,400.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
6 units
Instructors