Course: Special Topics (CO-255-2)
This course explores various aspects of documentary films and reality television including the use of narrative structure. Students taking this course will develop the tools necessary for analyzing and evaluating films and television both in terms of aesthetics, as well as literary elements. We will be viewing specific examples of the documentary form and discussing some of the major themes that exist in the genre. Additionally, students will learn about some of the more notable documentary filmmakers and consider how they engage in "the creative treatment of actuality" and consider the question "What is a documentary?" It is clear that technological advancements in digital technology have changed the manner in which we create, search, and consume media. Consideration will be given to the impact that these technological advances have had on documentaries and "reality" television. Finally, as students develop the critical thinking skills required to analyze the documentary form, we will discuss some of the ethical, legal, social and cultural considerations that documentarians are presented with through their work.