Laboratory I

Documentary Film Studies
5 ECTS; 1º Ano, 1º Semestre, 45,0 PL + 15,0 TP + 3,0 OT

Lecturer

Prerequisites
Not applicable.

Objectives
A. Producing films based on everyday life
B. Building meaning in film shots
C. Creating shots according to visual rules
D. Adapting a shot to the action events occurring in it

Program
a. Definition of a translatable concept for cinematic images;
b. Preparation of rhetoric tools: notice of intent and synopsis;
c. Recording a plan representing a concept or theme;
d. Planning a scene writing the contents of the various plans according to the concept or theme;
e. Recording and editing of a previously planned scene;
f. Recording and editing a sequence composed of three scenes.

Evaluation Methodology
Continuous assessment:

Attendance (10%)
Class participation (10%)
Exercise#1 - 20%
Exercise#2 - 20%
Exercise#3 - 20%
Exercise#4 - 20%

Mid-term assessment and working students:
Attendance and participation is not considered.

Bibliography
- Katz, S. (1991). Film Directing Shot by Shot. Stoneham: Michael Wise Productions
- Nichols, B. (2001). Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington: Indiana University Press

Method of interaction
1. Screening and analysis of documentary films;
2. Reading, analysis and discussion of texts listed in the bibliography;
3. Presentation and discussion of personal views;
4. Exercise monitoring, discussion and correction

Software used in class
Final Cut
Quicktime Player
Open Office