Next week, we will delve further into your projects and get into a bit of documentary history. So as preparation, please read the following:
Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film by Erik Barnouw: Pages 1 - 71 (Parts 1 & 2)
Introduction to Documentary by Bill Nichols: Pages 20 - 81
Pick a director whose work you know or know by reputation and whom you find interesting.
1. View two or more films by the same director.
2. Note what feelings and thoughts the films stirred in you.
3. Do a bibliographical search and assemble photocopies/web printouts of any relevant articles or essays by or about the films or the director.
4. View your chosen films again, this time making notes of each sequence’s content so that you have a complete running order list. (A sequence is a block of material whose unity is determined by a location, piece of time, or subject matter.)
5. Research the director’s biography and write a 4- to 5- page essay (typed and double spaced) assessing the themes of the two films and how they fit into the director’s life and his philosophic vision. Demonstrate the connectedness of his or her themes and vision to two or more of the following, noting in your essay which of these you have chosen to use:
(*Rabiger p. 115.)
Have a wonderful weekend! See you on Monday!