Advanced Documentary Production

October 19, 2021


ANTHR 4401

Must have completed a Documentary Production Fundamentals or Introduction to Documentary Course and/or have acquired basic documentary

4 credits

M 1:30-4:30

Instructor:  Natasha Raheja

This production seminar is for students with basic documentary filmmaking skills who want to work with previously collected footage and/or are in production on a project in or around Ithaca. Over the course of the semester, students complete a documentary film based on an immersive engagement with their selected subject matter. Alongside watching and discussing relevant texts and films, students will complete exercises to help them focus their projects, build a cohesive narrative, learn script writing, brainstorm scene ideas, overcome narrative challenges, discover their aesthetic, and develop a film circulation plan. Students will regularly present new footage and scenes and explain their work in terms their goals for the final project. The course culminates in a public screening of students’ independent video projects.


image of two students looking at a computer for documentary course