The Camera in Documentary Film 1

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304KDF1 Z 1 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

An awareness of the boundlessness of genres in film, Equal use of expression tools (feature film vs. documentary)

Mode of study

Systematic preparations by Camera Dept. students to function as the cameraman for shooting a documentary film and their interaction with the director.

Discussions, analyses, screenings.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of „The Fundamentals of Cameraman Practice“ in the 1st year of study at the Camera dept.

Course contents

Preparation and analysis of student films

Comparison with invited documentary cameramen and directors

Papers on Czech and International documentary films.

Light and lighing sources, artificial - natural

camera movement in documentary film

Hand-held cameras and practice of skill with them

Composition aspects in a frame

Ethics codex in extreme social situations

Heat extremes and their impact on technology

Recommended or required reading

Petr Prokop - Současné filmové kamery

Petr Prokop - Zakládání filmových kamer

Rudolf Adler - Cesta k filmovému dokumentu

Béla Balázs - Film. Vývoj a podstata nového umenia.

Slovenské vydavatelstvo krásnej literatury 1958

Film je umění - Sborník statí Orbis Praha 1963

Guido Aristarco - Dějiny filmových teorií Orbis Praha 1968

Robert Flaherty - Materiály k dějinám dokumentárního filmu

Anton Wilson´s - Cinema Workshop

Kodak - Student Filmmaker´s Handbook

-Czech and World Documentary film database(source: Institut dokumentárního filmu)

photographic literature (including the FAMU library)

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on: class participation, possible supplementary assigned topic essay.



Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

(lecture parallel1)
výuka v lichý týden na KDT místnost 211
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 18:10–21:25 Petr KOBLOVSKÝ
výuka v lichý týden na KDT místnost 211 lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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