Introduction to Documentary Cinematography
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NDOC 5102
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
Documentary video making presents unique challenges for cinematographers, who often have to work alone or in small crews while capturing the unpredictable. This introductory graduate-level course is designed to elicit beautifully-framed, meaningful footage despite the chaos that may surround a typical shoot. There is special emphasis placed on shooting cinema verite and lighting with a small or non-existent crew. This course is as much about cinematography as it is about the technical nuts-and-bolts aspect of digital cameras. Students work exclusively with HD cameras in preparation for the documentary project, and crew with classmates for a series of preparatory exercises, designed to conclude as the production period begins.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Course open only to Documentary Studies Certificate students


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Documentary Media Studies students.