If you want to shoot reality TV, sign up for a different course. In the Cinematic Documentary we will learn about the art of the visual documentary. We will think of documentary like a Magnum photographer and about fiction film techniques to tell non fiction stories. We will shoot video and study minimal/natural lighting setups, framing, coverage, interview setups, portraiture, lens/camera options, and post production/color grading techniques. Exercises are shot on digital video and critiqued in class.
Recommended viewing for the class includes Vittorio De Sica "The Bicycle Thief", Albert Maysles "Salesman", James Longley "Iraq in Fragments", Michael Glawogger "Whores' Glory", Rhamin Bahrani "Man Push Car", Kelly Reichardt "Wendy and Lucy", and Yung Chang "Up the Yangtze".
In September come early and attend the Camden International Film Festival, a dynamic small town festival with big films, big sponsors, and amazing good times to make it ten days of documentary bliss. To get tickets to CIFF just head on over to www.camdenfilmfest.org.