CMST 121 Exploring the Documentary Film • 5 Cr.


Examines the theory, practice, history and ethics of documentary film making.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of documentary film principles.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the documentary film production process in all its phases--pre-production, production and post-production.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the origins and landmarks of documentary film.
  • Identify the difference between cinema verite and narrative and advocacy documentaries.
  • Apply critical analysis skills in order to evaluate the effectiveness of documentary films.
  • Critically analyze the aesthetics and effectiveness of a given documentary.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical requirements needed to produce a professional documentary.