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Documentary

Description

UC Berkeley’s documentary program is widely considered one of the premier graduate nonfiction film programs in the country. Carrying on the work begun in the 1980s by producer Andrew Stern and pioneering African American filmmaker Marlon T. Riggs, professors Jon Else, Orlando Bagwell and others have trained hundreds of filmmakers of remarkable talent, diversity and accomplishment.

Grounded in the values of professional journalism–accuracy, eloquence, aggressive research and reporting, strong writing, ethics and analysis–combined with the fundamentals of filmmaking craft, documentary at UC Berkeley emphasizes visual storytelling in a wide range of styles: investigative, historical, biography, essay and cinéma vérité. Alumni routinely have premiere screenings at the top film festivals in the world, including Sundance, Telluride, Cannes, SXSW, and Tribeca; produce original films for documentary strands ranging from PBS to Netflix to the New York Times; and become industry leaders in the field. 

Courses

  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

Jon Else

Permanent Faculty

Shaleece Haas

Lecturer

Dan Krauss

Lecturer

Carrie Lozano

Lecturer

Spencer Nakasako

Lecturer

Dawn Porter

Permanent Faculty

Mike Shen

Lecturer

Zachary Stauffer

Lecturer

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