UC Documentary Film Directing | A
Theory and Practice: Film Exercises in Teams
Instructors and Mentors in Film Exercises: Tamás Almási, Attila Kékesi
Lecturers and Advisers: Gábor Szabó, Péter Korniss
Visiting consultants: Margarida Cardoso, Victor Candeias, Rob Rombout
This course includes several modules that aim to develop skills and deepen the knowledge and experience in documentary filmmaking: Directing, Cinematography, Photography, and Fieldwork in the Countryside.
As part of this course, students develop and produce two different practical exercises:
- The first exercise aims to develop a sophisticated visual thinking, through making a short observational documentary while putting emphasis on its pure visual dimension (viewpoint, composition, cinematic/pictorial associations in editing). Focusing on the importance of finding a clear artistic point of view, students challenge the conventional practice of observational documentary by finding ways to express the correlation between the filmmaker and his/her observed reality.
- The other film exercise takes place in a countryside region within the framework of a nine-day intensive study camp. Students learn how to work professionally in a crew, by contributing to one another’s work in different roles among the team while having to take quick decisions, as well as building cohesive relationships within the group.
The planned films, and later the films produced, are discussed and evaluated together by students, instructors and visiting consultants.