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Documentary Production (SCR204)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This is a practical unit in which students will be introduced to the conceptualisation, research, development, and production process of documentaries. Students will devise and research their own documentary ideas, some of which will be put into group production to be finished by the end of semester. Areas taught will include crafting and shooting documentary interviews, narrative construction and rhetoric, guerrilla lighting techniques, location sound practices, factual entertainment, crowd-funding, and more.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. display a sound knowledge of the principles and developments of documentary;
2. critically communicate their views and narratives utilizing the documentary mode and genre
3. engage effectively and appropriately with information and communication technologies;
4. understand the technical aspects of documentary filmmaking process(es);
5. apply critical skills to other disciplines and to culture at large; be ready to turn the theoretical tools and critical insights of the unit to practical use in documentary filmmaking.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures:1 hour per week; workshops: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit will encompass some theory but where possible a practical application and praxis will be evident. The focus will be on conceptualisation of documentary production, advanced research methodology, production techniques and post-production editing and 'constructedness'. The unit aims to provide students with a more in depth training and experience with key aspects of documentary production - both on location and in-studio. As such, there will be in-workshop demonstrations, tasks, and exercises which are designed to advance students capabilities as filmmakers. Additionally, the unit assessments are staggered in way so that students get a real world experience of deadlines, to better prepare students for careers in this competitive industry.
Other Learning Experiences Students will be required to work both individually and in groups on documentary productions on-location (and outside the designated times of the workshop)
Assessment Your executive producer will be your unit tutor and within the semester a student will be required to complete various workshop exercises [including research methodology, pitching, treatment writing and filming/recording & lighting exercises], an individual short-documentary and as a production group a short-documentary production - with defined roles as director/writer, producer, sound, lighting and camera. The unit will also encompass an in-class concepts test reviewing the semester theory.
Prerequisites MCC128 Screen Production or SCR101 Screen Production 1
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Glen Stasiuk

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6468
e: g.stasiuk@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.046 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Glen Stasiuk

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6468
e: g.stasiuk@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.046 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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