After involved participation in the course Documentary Practice the student:|
1. has deeper insight into his/her personal drive, attitude and ideals as an engineer in the real world;
2. is able to develop a personal vision towards a subject of personal interest with social urgency;
3. is able to present his topic in the form of a visual documentary meant for a general audience by means of storytelling elements like a guiding question, a conflict and a climax.
4. is able to create and interpret documentary video material and use a camera, sound equipment and editing as tools to create a creative documentary.
5. is able to interview an expert to find information of his/her interest and mirror with the expert his/her own vision on the theme.
6. can reflect on his/her creative results and working process in a self-critical way.
To know and understand one’s inner drive, attitude and ideals is a great good for each engineer. It helps to understand what role you can have in society and what makes you special in that role. It is the starting point for developing a personal vision about socially relevant topics in the complex reality we live in. In this course, you learn how to create a short documentary (10-15 min) with a personal vision on a socially relevant topic, that conveys more than written texts could do. Creating a layered visual story on that topic for a general audience is a way to reflect on your work as an engineer. This course consists of three assignments:|
I. Define your Theme: a topic of personal interest related to your attitude or ideals as an engineer in the real world.
Starting from your personal motivation you develop a personal question. You explore that question from various perspectives of the real-world (e.g. politics, psychological, environmental/sustainability, social, economic, philosophical/ethical) by means of information sources, existing documentaries, other media and literature, and by doing expert interviews. You learn to recognize documentary types and choose a type suitable to your theme. At the end you will formulate an interesting and teasing guiding question with a clear conflict that may serve as the basis for your storyline.
II. Realize a short documentary (10-15 min) by writing a storyline, doing interviews, shooting your own video, gathering footage of others available on the internet. If necessary you will develop and record a voice-over text, and gather music and other audio. By means of editing software you will edit the documentary. You create PR material that presents your film in an attractive way to possible audiences. Your documentary will be presented on the big screen to your mentors and peers. You will share your viewing experiences and give feedback to your peers.
III. Write a reflection on your work and working process.
Theme report 40%
Reflection report 5%
The sum of all weighted-grades results in the overall grade of the course. A final grade of at least 5.5 completes this course.
DP provides an opportunity to improve all deliverables except Promotion & Reflection. However, improving the Documentary deliverable results in a maximum deliverable grade of 6.0.
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