Documentary

Courses

J213 Visual Storytelling: Advanced Documentary Projects-Blurb Book

Visual Story Telling-Advanced Documentary Projects-Blurb Book

An in-depth documentary story telling class where students will work photographing and investigating problems facing California and its people as well as finding uplifting stories of its communities,and create one in-depth photo documentary project in class, attempting to reduce a tiny area of the moving world to a set of still images that convey what the viewer needs to know about what you saw.

This course will focus on developing a personal style and culminates with a collaborative body of work edited for publication and inclusion in the Spring 2018 annual printed Realeyes magazine,

Restrictions and Prerequisites:

The Course Material fee for this class is $48. The fee is charged to the student account the fifth week of classes. Fees are used to maintain equipment used in the course.

J219 MINI: Associate Producer (4 weeks) 2/6 – 3/6. No class on 2/20.

The Associate Producer is a crucial job in any documentary and television magazine production. The AP is called upon to fulfill a wide range of duties: reporting, logistical planning, budget management, archival acquisition, organizing deliverables, and managing personalities—and each one has to be executed with precision for the project to be successful. Each week, instructors and guests will screen clips and discuss all the variables they had to consider in order to help bring the scenes or projects to fruition. Students will be given assignments based on that week’s lecture and discussion: plan an international shoot for your crew, organize a schedule, figure out insurance challenges, budget the project, report on aspects of the story, and others.

J219 Picture and Sound

J219 is a required course for all second year long-form TV and documentary students. Classes are a combination of lecture and in-class exercises, and grades are based on attendance and quizzes. There are no outside assignments. This class is required for second year TV/Doc Students.

J219 Videography

This course is designed to supplement J219 Picture and Sound, with advanced topics in documentary videography and lighting. The weekly meetings alternate between lecture/demonstrations, workshops, and guest presentations. We will explore topics such as green screen videography, backgrounds, shooting in extreme environments, composition, shooting in wet and cold environments, car rigs, time lapse, lighting and solo shooting. This course is for Second Year TV/Doc and advance multi media students students only.

J284 Documentary Production

An intensive documentary workshop in which second year Journalism students develop and produce their Masters projects. We work with the styles of writing, shooting, lighting, sound, editing, and production management unique to documentary. Guest filmmakers will conduct special sessions on various production skills including lighting, shooting, sound recording, and archival research.The Course Material fee for this class is $200. The fee is charged to the student account the fifth week of classes. Fees are used to maintain equipment used in the course.

J284 Documentary Production

An intensive documentary workshop in which second year Journalism students develop and produce their Masters projects. We work with the styles of writing, shooting, lighting, sound, editing, and production management unique to documentary. Guest filmmakers will conduct special sessions on various production skills including lighting, shooting, sound recording, and archival research.The Course Material fee for this class is $200. The fee is charged to the student account the fifth week of classes. Fees are used to maintain equipment used in the course.

J286 History of Documentary

The course covers the evolution of American documentary film from 1920 to the present, with special attention to long-form nonfiction for television and independent documentaries for theaters, broadcast, and the web. We will concentrate on the practical problems of making documentaries in the real world for a mass audience, with special attention to documentary materials, structure, and ethics. The course is prerequisite for graduate students who are considering specializing in documentary.Occasional guest producer/directors may join us, TBA as available, to discuss their work.J-School TV students have priority, then other J-school students, then grad students from other departments, then undergrads.

Instructors

Ben Manilla

LecturerContinuing Lecturer, Director of Audio

I have spent my adult life telling stories in sound. It's something I continue to be passionate about. I truly enjoy sharing that passionate and exposing students to the fun and possibilities of audio journalism.
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Dan Krauss

LecturerLecturer

Jon Else

Permanent FacultyProfessor

Mike Shen

LecturerLecturer

Orlando Bagwell

Permanent Faculty

Samantha Grant

LecturerContinuing Lecturer / Documentary Filmmaker

Samantha Grant is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist & educator who specializes in thought-provoking, character-driven stories rooted in journalism. Through her company GUSH productions, Sam creates content for clients including ABC, PBS, CNN, MTV, NPR, FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World, and Al Jazeera International.
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Spencer Nakasako

Lecturer

Zachary Stauffer

LecturerProducer, Investigative Reporting Program

Description

Documentary courses are chiefly practical rather than theoretical and are built around teaching the skills and the sensibility required to make compelling documentaries, with an emphasis on innovative prime-time television.

All documentary students are required to take J282 Introduction to Television News, J283 Reporting for Television, and J286 History of Documentary during their first year. In the second year, students take J284 Documentary Production and the J294 Master's Project Seminar, a year-long intensive production seminar in which they produce a half-hour documentary suitable for national broadcast. Second-year coursework covers writing, directing, videography, sound recording, production management and editing skills specific to documentary. All work is digital.

"Last January I returned from an exhilarating month teaching documentary filmmaking to former ANC combatants in South Africa. Still reeling from jet lag and culture shock and armed with a healthy dose of attitude, I dragged myself to campus to face the 'privileged' J-School documentary students. Immediately I was jolted awake. These students were engaged, passionate, earnest and bold. We dove into the gloriously collaborative process of structuring their documentaries: stories from Emeryville to Calcutta, from ecological disasters to Olympic champions, from the ethics of photojournalism to the morality of the Catholic Church. Truly nowhere in the world could I have a richer experience than teaching at the J-School." 
—Deborah Hoffmann, lecturer

Master's project films should be venturesome, meaningful, and suitable for wide prime-time distribution via PBS, commercial networks, or cable TV. Every year several master's project films are picked up for nationwide prime-time broadcast, and nearly all have regional broadcast and extensive exposure at film festivals. Films have covered such wide-ranging topics as robotic flies, step dancing, stuttering, arranged marriages in India, weightlifting in Afghanistan, monster trucks, the introduction of television into the Kingdom of Bhutan, gentrification in Oakland, and frequent flier miles. Over the past several years, student films have won first place in the National Student Emmy and Student Academy Awards and have premiered at numerous film festivals, including Sundance and Cannes.

Graduates of the documentary program go on to work for FRONTLINE, MTV, ABC "Nightline," NOVA, and many industry leaders in video journalism.

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