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Course Code: 
RTC 410
Course Type: 
Elective
P: 
2
Lab: 
2
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
5
Course Language: 
English
Courses given by: 
Course Objectives: 
Main objective of this course is to develop a critical and analytical perspective woven with approaches and theories that deal with the document quality of the genre, and history of documentary film; to obtain the instruments of the moral, ethical, socio-political, and aesthetic implications of the relationship between filmmaker and subject in order to make documentary films. This course encourages to be mindful of thematic and stylistic choices such as camera angle, framing, shot scale, interview questions, editing etc. and to be aware of the responsibility of story telling in relation with history, society, politics and art.
Course Content: 

This course questions the privileged status of documentary in film culture; interrogates the history, the periods and movements of documentary within theoretical frameworks; establishes the basis of critical analysis of documentary films with a historical and social analytical perspective, as well as the know-how of research, technique and practice for the process of production; thus it prepares the students to produce documentaries with its content, style and methodology. Students are expected to create and propose a project personally and produce the chosen documentaries collectively.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 9: Demonstration, 15: Assignment
Course Evaluation Methods: 
C: Assignment E: Project / Design

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Questions what documentary is, and defines documentary films 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 1, 2, 9, 15 C, E
2) Knows the movements and conventions of documentary film within history; evaluates and analyze with its form and its content 1, 3, 7 1, 2, 9, 15 C, E
3) Associates the periodical influences that causes the movements, defines and differentiates the historical, technological and cultural, but also economic, politic and social dynamics 1, 3, 7, 8 1, 2, 9, 15 C, E
4) Develops the idea from the beginning and realizes to the end of a documentary project; follows the rules of work ethics during the production process; internalizes the concepts of democracy and power which need to be balanced in a collective team work 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 1, 2, 9, 15 C, E
5) Takes a critical thematic stand for the documentary filmmaking, develops her/him-self in order to produce original ideas and original storytelling within this framework 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 1, 2, 9, 15 C, E

 

Course Flow

COURSE CONTENT
Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to the course  
2 Realism and Cinema / Documentary, Fiction and Reality Armes, R. (2011) p. 17-21.

 

3 Vertov and Kino-Eye / Direct Cinema and Cinema Verite Armes, R. (2011) p.31-39.

 

4 Approaches and Theories of Documentary, Myth and Propaganda Armes, R. (2011) p.40-52.

 

5 Identity of Documentarist, ethics, mission and importance Rosenthal, A. (1990) p.163-175.
6 Building up a Project; imagination and theme selection; intuition, impression, prejudice Rosenthal, Alan (1990) p.9-33.
7 Project design; research techniques; environment, budget, team building Rosenthal, Alan (1990) p.33-59.
8 Midterm: Documentary Proposal Assignment  
9 A Documentary or a Fiction? Docs, Society and Politics Nichols, B. (2001) p.xi-xviii.
10 Ethics and Social Responsibility Nichols, B. (2001) p.1-19.
11 Research Program, Sources of Information and Archive Footage Nichols, B. (2001) p.20-41.
12 Collective work, human-team relationships, evaluating and interpretation of the sources Rosenthal, A. (1990) p.188-199.
13 Style I: Camera, Cinematography, Frame, Mobile Frame Nichols, B. (2001) p.139-152.
14 Style II: Natural Sound and Music, Fiction and Editing in Docs Nichols, B. (2001) p.153-167.
15 Evaluation  
16 Final  

 

Recommended Sources

RECOMMENDED SOURCES
Textbook
  • Nichols, Bill (2001) Introduction to Documentary. Bloomington: Indiana U. P.
  • Rosenthal, Alan (1990) Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos. (3rd ed.) Southern Illinois U. P.
Additional Resources
  • Armes, Roy (1974) Sinema ve Gerçeklik: Tarihsel bir İnceleme, İst: Doruk.
Films
  • Nanook of the North, Robert J. Flaherty, USA/France, 1922, 79’
  • Man with the Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, Soviet Union, 1929, 68’
  • Tahtacı Fatma, Süha Arın, Turkiye, 1979, 28’
  • The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris, USA, 1988, 103’
  • Secrets of the Tribe - Kabilenin Sırları, Jose Padilha, Brezilya, 2010, 96′
  • Of time and the City, Terence Davies,UK, 2008
  • Notre Musique - FR-İsviçre  - Jean - Luc Godard, 2004

 

Material Sharing

MATERIAL SHARING
Documents  
Assignments  
Exams  

 

Assessment

ASSESSMENT
IN-TERM STUDIES NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Report 2 15
Proposal 1 35
Project / Essay 1 50
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   55
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   45
Total   100

 

Course’s Contribution to Program

COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO PROGRAM
No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To be able to define basic concepts, theories, methods and domains of study specific to radio, television and cinema by associating them with the findings and theories of humanities and social sciences.       X  
2 To demonstrate the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient team work in the production process in the radio, television and cinema fields.       X  
3 To be able to create media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing current knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses.         X
4 Manifesting professional knowledge and skills in different fields of radio, television and cinema fields such as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management locally and globally. X        
5 To develop an understanding of responsible broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles.       X  
6 To be able to use the knowledge and skills related to institutional operation and management in the production and broadcasting processes of radio, television and cinema for the common interest.       X  
7 To evaluate radio, television and cinema fields in a wide range of cultural, economic and social relations from an institutional structuring to their products with an analytical and critical approach.       X  
8 To have the ability to collect visual, audio and written data, conduct research, evaluate, report and offer creative solutions in the fields of radio, television and cinema. X        
9 To be able to design original projects in radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments and ideas in the fields of art, culture and media at national and global levels.   X      

 

ECTS

ECTS ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD BY THE COURSE DESCRIPTION
Activities Quantity Duration
(Hour)
Total
Workload
(Hour)
Course Duration 14 4 56
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 2 28
Report 2 2 4
Documentary Proposal 1 5 5
Project / Essay 1 5 5
Final examination 1 16 16
Total Work Load     114
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     4,5
ECTS Credit of the Course     5