Provides students with a theoretical introduction into documentary film theory to develop skills and different approaches to reading documentary films that deal with social issues. Discusses and analyzes selected documentaries treating issues of social justice and civic responsibility in current and historical contexts. Students engage in practical filmmaking training with the aim of introducing students to how to visually express social issues. Using narrative inquiry as a research framework, training includes interview techniques, observation exercises, learning story construction and narrative structure, synopsis, treatment and script writing, camera using, sound recording, log writing, and film editing. Develops the art of socially engaged storytelling through documentary film. Equips students with increasingly sought after skills of understanding, producing and using media in the digital age.
EXCP Course Prerequisites: Social Innovation and Human Service major, prior completion of AAS Degree in Pragmatic Studies.