PPS 105S – THE DOCUMENTARY EXPERIENCE: A VIDEO APPROACH
A documentary approach to the study of local communities through video production projects assigned by the course instructor. The Fall 2003 theme is “The Nature of the Contest.” We will collectively explore the following questions: What is the meaning and value of competition in a chosen spectrum of American lives? What will Americans do to win? How will one’s desire to win affect his ethics? What is a true victory vs. a hollow victory? What sacrifices will a person make, and what obstacles is he or she willing to tackle? We will also examine the documentary tradition though screenings of classic and contemporary films, laying heavy emphasis on cinematic technique and its use in non-fiction storytelling. Several exercises, video and otherwise, will be used to focus the research. Consent of instructor required.
[Areas of Knowledge: AL, SS; Modes of Inquiry: R] crosslisted: Culanth, Docst, Fvd, History, Polsci.