Communication and Culture | Documentary Filmmaking: Theory and Practice
C435 | 14943 | Susanne Schwibs


Class Number: 14943
Tu 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

Prerequisite: CMCL-C 335 or 360 or TEL - T 238 or equivalent
Must have at least Junior standing
Obtain authorization for course (812-855-2367)
Requires special fee

Professor: Susanne Schwibs
E-mail: sschwibs@indiana.edu
Office: Mottier Hall 164
Phone: 5-8328

What makes a documentary a documentary?  Its subject matter?
Stylistic or technical features?   The fact that it uses real people
and not actors (most of the time, that is)?   This course will
explore these and other questions as it traces the history of
documentary film practice.  We will study the major American and
European documentary movements through film screenings, and
readings, and we will engage the styles discussed in a series of
hands-on exercises.   Aside from these exercises there will be
several quizzes, a midterm, and three short papers/journals.

This will be an intense seminar, involving plenty of reading, film
viewing writing and creative work.  The goal of the class is to gain
a critical understanding of some fundamental concepts involved in
documentary, such as realism, evidence, voice, ethics, etc.  The
production exercises will be completed in the miniDV format, which
has become the medium of choice for many documentary filmmakers.