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Morte e Documentário

Code 16248
Year 1
Semester L0
ECTS Credits 2
Workload OT(14H)/TP(20H)
Scientific area Cinema
Entry requirements Technical skills in capturing image and sound, as well as editing; English language skills enough to communicate with student partners in Austin.
Learning outcomes The class comprises a component of theoretical-philosophical reflection upon the subject and a practice-based approach of conceptualizing, developing and directing documentaries, regarding the following learning outcomes:
a) Reflect upon death and life and meditate on the concepts of finitude and impermanence;
b) Explore creative and diverse approaches on the subject matter;
c) Raising awareness for the relevance of defining an approach and narrative in documentary;
d) Investigate issues and controversies related to the ethics of representation in documentary film;
e) Developing production, directing and editing skills;
f) Involving students in an experience of diversity and inclusion;
g) Providing an opportunity to multicultural learning and enhancing interaction between students with different experiences and cultural backgrounds;
h) Increasing cultural awareness and understanding of diversity, especially differences in attitudes, values, beliefs and aesthetics.
Syllabus 1. Documentary Film:
1.1. Documentary as a representation of the Real;
1.2. The concept of subjectivity and various approaches to reality;

2. Death and Documentary:
2.1. The concept of death: physical, emotional, spiritual, geographic, economic, metaphorical;
2.2. the representation of death in the documentary film;
2.3. epistemological, ethical, aesthetic and conceptual issues;

3. Laboratory practices:
3.1. from idea to script: project development;
3.2. from pre-production to production: research and shooting pre-production;
3.3. from post-production to promotion and distribution: editing, post-production and sharing the film with the public
Main Bibliography Bernard, S. (2011). Documentary Storytelling. New York: Focal Press, 2011.
Nichols, B. (2001). Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press.
Sobchack, V. (1984). "Inscribing ethical space: Ten propositions on death, representation, and documentary", Quarterly Review of Film Studies, 9:4, pp. 283-300

Filmography
Akerman, C. (2015). No Home Movies. Belgium/France
Guzman, P. (2010). Nostalgia for the Light. Chile
Steel, E. (2006). The Bridge. USA
Herzog, W. (2005). Grizzly Man. USA
Morris, E. (1978). Gates of Heaven. USA
Varda, A. (1995). The World of Jacques Demy. France/Belgium/Spain
Ray, N. and Wenders, W. (1980). Lightning Over Water. Sweden / Germany
Bognar, S. and Reichert, J. (2009). The Last Truck. USA
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria 1 - Video Haiku - 15%
Based on a list of pre-established words, conceive, film and edit a haiku video with round 1 minute duration.
2 - narration - 10%
Creation of a voice over narration for a video by participants of the collaborating entity in the UK
3 - Epistolary Documentary - 25%
Creation of an epistolary film in collaboration with a student from the partner university in the UK
4 - Project Dossier - 50%
Development of a documentary project on the class topic, challenging the creative limits of cinematographic documentary.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-21

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