Course Details

Title Cross Cultural Documentary Research & Production in Korea
Field of Study Art, Media
Professor Changhee Chun (changhee.chun@uta.edu)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Hybrid Track (2 weeks online + 2 weeks offline): Real-time
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Afternoon
Course code ISS1003
Course number 18002

A production and research class that explores a wide variety of styles and approaches to the documentary production, creating knowledge base students can draw on in the production of a short documentary on a topic of their choice through cross-cultural experience.


On completion of this course, the students will have intensively engaged in the study and practice of nonfiction filmmaking and will possess a wide-ranging set of skills and aesthetic capabilities in the pre-production, production and post-production aspects of the documentary.  Students will have a full knowledge of documentary construction, research, planning, and production techniques.  Students will be able to examine the ethical, creative and collaborative relationship between filmmakers and subjects from other than their own cultures in a creative way.

Research oriented students will foster their research skills through managing production schedules, locating and confirming interviews, presenting their subjects and story ideas to their classmates and collaborating with production students/Korean national students. Research students will also coherently organize their subject material in a formal report (length at instructor’s discretion). The final outcome of this project for all students will focus on collaboration skills and management skills while using and challenging the academics and perspectives that they have acquired in their education.


I’ll email you the course-pack entitled: Cross-Cultural Documentary Production Study Guide

Lesson Plan
Class 1: Introduction to the course Defining Documentary Idea conception & Storytelling
Class 2: Different styles of documentary Cross-cultural documentary production Preproduction process for documentary production
Class 3: Video camera and editing workshop Digital cinematography and other equipment
Class 4: Cinematic space and composition Directing and producing documentary: Aesthetic principles and production coordination
Class 5: Group presentation and discussion
Class 6: Constructing the space: B-roll Documentary shooting and methods of coverage Shooting under available light Interview lighting demo & use of the lavalier microphone
Class 7: Conducting interviews "Casting" a documentary: character/story Screening of natural sound pieces and discussion
Class 8: Screening of edited natural sound pieces and discussion The sound of documentary: building the audio track
Class 9: Screening of edited interviews and discussion Documentary narrative, choices of methodologies Narration issues, direct cinema, interviews etc.
Class 10: Post-production: Nonlinear editing Documentary editing process “Peeling the onion”: Getting to the core of the narrative
Class 11: Footage screening and discussion Getting the coverage, re-shoots, and flexibility
Class 12: Editing lab session (Individual discussion with instructor)
Class 13: Rough cut screening and discussion The documentary market, grants, distribution
Class 14: Rough cut screening and discussion
Class 15: Fine cut screening and discussion Group Member’s Evaluation (SELF & PEER EVALUATION)/ Final Screening Review and reflection
Last Updated April 15, 2021
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