Research of archive footage and its use in non-fictional film
Name of lecturer(s)
Vít Poláček, Alice RŮŽIČKOVÁ
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students have a overview of existing sources and nature of archive materials.
Students are introduced to the potential of working in the Czech Television research office.
Students, in practice try investigating archive material for a topic according to instructor assignment and edit a selective EDL sequence in the Czech Television research office.
Mode of study
Prerequisites and co-requisites
The course aim is to introduce students to the possibilities in searching for and archiving (historical) shots. Instruction focuses on searching archived shots from Czech Television, National Film Archives, Short film and some foreign sources. It is comprised of theory and practice sections:
Friday, 1.11. 2019 in Documentary Dept. classroom 217, 10:00 - 17:00.
The first part of instruction is theory instruction:
How the shots were from the film were taken? What topics were preferred? How did weeklies and news shots differ in the first and second half of the 20th century? What selection of topics influenced the rigs of television and censure? What manners can substitute non-existing shots? How price influenced the taking of documentary shots and how they influence subsequent use in documentary films today? Why some shots have become, literally, iconic and what is the effect of use of those iconic shots in film can be reached. Some answers will be in prepared examples from various shots from films. Students will be familiarized with what may be hidden in some individual shots in searching for them. Briefly there will be a presentation of the potential and sources for searching archived shots.
Friday, 8.11.2019 in the Czech Television Research Office, 10:00 - 17:00 (meeting at the main door of Czech Television at 9:45)
The second part of instruction is focused on the practical.:
Students are familiarized with potential work in the Czech Television Research office and try searching archived material in the Czech Television database for their project. According to the instructor's assignment, students search for and edit archive material into an EDL sequence.
Recommended or required reading
BERNARD, Sheila C. and RABIN, Kenn, Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker's Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music. Elsevier, 2008
BARON, Jaimie, The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History, Routledge, 2014, 187 s., ISBN 0415660726
Assessment methods and criteria
- 100% class attendance (70%)
- creation of an EDL sequence according to assignment in the Czech Television research office (30%)
This course is an elective for all students of this school
Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:
|Date||Day||Time||Tutor||Location||Notes||No. of paralel|
|01.11.2019||10:00–17:00||Vít Poláček||Room No. 217
|08.11.2019||10:00–17:00||Vít Poláček||Česká televize - Kavčí hory
Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:
The schedule has not yet been prepared