COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


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Course Name
Documentary Production
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
MCS 340
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives To introduce the students to various methods by which documentary creates meaning, to understand, appreciate and apply all aspects of the production process and its relation to the documentary
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Identify and analyze different documentary formats, methods and styles.
  • Define basic aspects of a documentary production and its necessities.
  • Prepare a treatment for a short documentary production.
  • Complete a short documentary work.
  • Understand suitable avenues of documentary distribution.
Course Content The course will include the following topics related to documentary production and development: research and planning, production, postproduction, festivals and distribution, documentary storytelling, treatment preparation.



ACADEMIC CAUTION

Academic honesty: Plagiarism, copying, cheating, purchasing essays/projects, presenting some one else’s work as your own and all sorts of literary theft is considered academic dishonesty. Under the rubric of İzmir University of Economics Faculty of Communication, all forms of academic dishonesty are considered as crime and end in disciplinary interrogation. According to YÖK’s Student Discipline Regulation, the consequence of cheating or attempting to cheat is 6 to 12 months expulsion. Having been done intentionally or accidentally does not change the punitive consequences of academic dishonesty. Academic honesty is each student’s own responsibility.

Plagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty. According to the MerriamWebster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own. The easiest and most effective way to prevent plagiarism is to give reference when using someone else’s ideas, and to use quotation marks when using someone else’s exact words.

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Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 What is a documentary? Defining the documentary, types of documentaries
3 What does a documentary look like Viewing of selected films (to be announced in class)
4 A brief and functional history of the Documentary
5 Documentary Modes and Styles
6 Film language and narrative structure Homework assignment: one minute of my life
7 Case Studies, concepts and criticism assignment screenings and discussions.
8 Making a Documentary– Preproduction: Research, Writing, Planning and Budgeting Homework assignment: writing documentary proposal and budget.
9 Making a Documentary– Preproduction: Research, Writing, Planning and Budgeting Due: documentary proposal
10 Documentary in Turkey – Case Studies and production methods Homework assignment: a person in my life.
11 Documentary Production: Camera, Light, and Sound Craft assignment screenings and discussions.
12 Shooting an Interview Homework assignment: interviewing and directing participants
13 Editing the documentary I, Finding the story assignment screenings and discussions.
14 Documentary Post Production, sound editing, mixing and finishing
15 Distribution options and Career Track
16 General evaluation of the term Due: Documentary Project.
Course Textbooks 1)Bill Nichols, Introduction to Documentary, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2001 2) Michael Rabiger, Directing the Documentary, Focal Press London 1992 Attendance is mandatory, and lateness will be penalized (e.g., if you come 1 hour late for a class, you will be considered absent for the whole 3 hours we meet), as will be your not returning to class after a break. Anyone missing over 30% of the classes (4 classes), for any reason will automatically fail the course.
References 1)Robert Latham Brown, Planning the LowBudget Film, Chalk Hill Books, 2006. 2)Jason J Tomaric The Power Filmmaking Kit, Focal Press USA 2008. 3)Tools and Utilities for Filmmakers – Dependent Film Website http://dependentfilms.net/files.html and www.documentarysite.com

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
35
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
45
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
100
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
12
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
5
Presentation / Jury
Project
1
40
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
105

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline. X
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process. X
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. X
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication. X
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies. X
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public.
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution.
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals. X
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level)

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest