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Taught by Brent Huffman

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of HD video production specifically geared towards producing short documentaries that tell human stories. Emphasis is put on the use of character, conflict, drama and surprise in telling these documentary stories. We also look at different documentary styles and how narrative structures like story arcs are implemented. Students learn documentary production with a journalism focus: reporting, camera technique, lighting and sound recording in the field. Students create a 7-10 minute documentary project in a group of three. They research and write a treatment, cast charismatic characters, get signed releases, shoot and edit the film.