Jan 26, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

ART 395-01 - Advanced Special Topic: Documentary Narrative and Production

4 credits (Spring)

Cross-listed as: FMS 395-01 .  An advanced survey and application of documentary storytelling with a balance of theory and production. The specific objective for the students is to acquire the knowledge, skills, insight, and judgment needed to research, pitch, shoot, and edit a documentary production. Through close study and analysis of feature-length and short documentaries, as well as hands-on directing, shooting, sound recording, and editing, students rigorously explore the possibilities and the power of non-fiction storytelling for video. This is a dynamic combination of individual and group production work in which each student will be expected to complete an effective documentary proposal, four projects, and a feature-length practicum. 

Students interested in this course will need to complete an application due October 23rd in addition to the normal course registration process. The application materials are available: https://travel.global.grinnell.edu/index.cfm?FuseA ction=Programs.FeaturedPrograms.

10 students will be selected for the documentary course and up to five students will be selected for a Plus-2 independent individual study option filming a feature length documentary in Peru. The five students selected to participate in the Course-Embedded Travel program to Peru will be required to pay a $415 participation fee (most other required travel expenses will be covered). This fee will be added to the student tuition bill and will be due by the first day of classes. If payment of this fee causes you financial concern, please contact Megan Jones in the Financial Aid Office to discuss loan options to cover this additional cost of attendance.

Prerequisite: ART 255  or FMS 255 
Note: Plus-2 option available.
Instructor: N. Perez