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Jill Freidberg
BISMCS 343
Bothell Campus

Media Production Workshop

Provides hands-on experience in communicative practice and the production of media. Combines production and theory.

Class description

Spring 2014 Media Production Workshop

Social Documentary Production

Social documentary is non-fiction, audio-visual storytelling that blends journalism, social activism and the art of filmmaking. In this course, students will develop, pitch, and collaboratively produce short video documentaries, while exploring the genre of social documentary.

It is strongly recommended that students have already completed a BISMCS 234 or another BISMCS 343, or that they have a solid foundation in video and audio production acquired outside of school. This course is not an introduction to media production, and as such, will assume that students have some familiarity with the basics of video and audio production. If you are not sure about your preparedness for this class, feel free to contact the professor.

Student learning goals

Develop and pitch a non-fiction story idea for a short documentary film

Acquire intermediate skills and techniques in audio and video production

Use non-linear video editing software to edit video, audio, photos, text, and narration into a short documentary

Collaborate with others to capture and craft a non-fiction story

Provide constructive and critical feedback on peer work

Identify and discuss the genre, history, and practice of social documentary

General method of instruction

Combination of hands-on workshops, lectures, discussions, small group feedback sessions, and fieldwork.

Recommended preparation

It is strongly recommended that students have already completed a BISMCS 234 or another BISMCS 343, or that they have a solid foundation in video and audio production acquired outside of school. This course is not an introduction to media production, and as such, will assume that students have some familiarity with the basics of video and audio production. If you are not sure about your preparedness for this class, feel free to contact the professor.

Media production is a very time-consuming endeavor. Students should expect to spend significant time outside of class researching, shooting, and editing their projects. Project completion will require students to work on MAC computers. Some experience with MACs will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be expected to complete readings and discuss them in class. Students will each develop and pitch a documentary story idea. Students will work in small groups on all stages of production and post-production of a short documentary. Classroom contribution / participation is a large part of the grade for this class as is demonstration of acquired video and audio production skills.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jill Freidberg
Date: 02/17/2014