DOCUMENTARY AND PRODUCTION

MSS3DOC

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will draw on their previous critical and production subjects to understand, question, contest and produce creative works. Students will build on their theoretical and practical understanding of non-fiction media practices by exploring key debates related to the treatment of human subjects, claims to truth, performance, voice and relations between propaganda, political and personal forms of media. Through a series of lectures, practical exercise, screenings and demonstrations, students explore a range of aesthetic approaches and production techniques relevant to documentary and factual production. Drawing on treatments developed in creative teams, students will work together to produce short documentaries for possible broadcast based on a selection of projects pitched in class.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHester Joyce

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students are required to have successfully completed MSS2SCV (MST2SCV) or coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CST3DOC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDirecting the Documentary, 5th ed.RecommendedRabiger, M, 2009FOCAL PRESS, AMSTERDAM
ReadingsIntroduction to Documentary, 3rd ed.RecommendedNichols, B. 2017INDIANA University Press
ReadingsNew Challengers for documentaryPreliminaryRosenthal. A & J Corner. 2005MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY PRESS, MANCHESTER
ReadingsThe Documentary Film Movement:An AnthologyPreliminaryAitken, I, 1998EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsTheorizing DocumentaryPreliminaryRenov, M, 1993ROUTLEDGE, NEW YORK
MediaStories We TellPrescribedPolley, Sarah. 2012Lionsgate, USA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate effective communication in writing, speech and or other media

Activities:
Through researching and pitching a proposed documentary concept to the class and participating in a short documentary
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Ability to express ideas in a public forum

Activities:
Pitching a creative project, leading discussion and screening media work in a public space
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Produce creative work at a high standard which demonstrates the effective use of techniques in the manipulation of sound and image.

Activities:
Construct and produce a fully researched short documentary video using practical and critical audio-visual skills. In class critique and discussion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Demonstrate ability to work both collaboratively and individually on screen media projects.

Activities:
Produce and attend production meetings, attend all classes punctually and display time management skills working to a deadline.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills)

05. Expand knowledge of screen media genres, aesthetics and their cultural contexts.

Activities:
Through participation in the creative project, critique of in-class screenings and writing a critical review.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHester Joyce

Class requirements

Lecture/Film Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"Lectures will be held in the first 5 weeks and then again in the 9th week of semester."

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Pitch and Proposal (equiv. 1000words)30 01, 02, 05
Individual participation in a short Documentary Production (equiv. 2,000word)50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Individual Critique, self reflection and review (1,000-word) 20 01, 05