UC Documentary Film Directing | B

Theory, Methods, Aesthetics and Practice

Instructors and Mentors in Film Exercises: Victor Candeias, Margarida Cardoso, Tiago Hespanha

Visiting Consultants: Tamás Almási, Attila Kékesi, Rob Rombout

The course aims to give students a practical experience of filmmaking through which they learn how to explore the potential of their own artistic ideas in order to create their first documentaries fully produced within the course. 

In this curricular unit students will build on the technical and aesthetical lessons in cinematography, sound recording, editing and sound postproduction and will learn fundamental theory, methods and practices of documentary-making, from the research and development stages to shooting material and assembling it in to a coherent film discourse.

Classes focus on theoretical and methodological topics, such as: the fundamentals of documentary language; fieldwork procedures; approaches to reality subjects; characterisation of participants; development of working hypothesises; the use of dramaturgical principles to conceptualise a documentary proposal; defining the film’s formal identity; preparing and presenting an effective pitch; pre-structuring and planning a shoot; film directing strategies and procedures; analytical tools to evaluate rushes; rewriting and final structuring whilst editing image and sound.

This learning experience covers the entire semester, with classes running parallel to the execution of all steps of development and production of the two assigned intermediary film exercises and the student’s individual project for the semester exam. As every phase of the work progresses, students receive personalised mentorship suited to the specifics of each given assignment.


Call for Application to the 2017-2019 (sixth) edition is now closed.

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