Historical Doc Production

Course Number: 
DOCST 329S.01
Course Instructor: 
Bruce Orenstein
Rubenstein Arts Center 234
Days and Times: 
M 4:55 p.m.–7:55 p.m.
Course Category: 
Course Type: 
AMI 429S.01

Course examines how archival footage and photographs are used in historical documentaries about struggles for social equity in America. Iconic films will be reviewed to assess editors’ strategies for employing archival material in documentaries on the labor movement, civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam war movement, and early lesbian and gay rights movement. Students will then conduct research for film footage and photographs and learn practical steps needed to acquire rights to use the material. During the second half of the semester, students will be guided in the production and editing of their own short historical documentary.