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Rosemary Gibbons
AIS 475
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Indian Studies

Current research and readings in American Indian Studies content areas.

Class description

AIS 475 C Native Voices: Introduction to Documentary Short (5 units) This class is designed for the beginner film student to produce a 5-minute documentary short. Students in the course will critique documentaries, looking at imagery, composition, style, usage and ethics of filmmaking. In conjunction with the “Communication Media lab” students will be trained and certified on basic camera and editing skills on professional equipment, while learning pre-production, production and post-production in class. Students will be teamed up and will produce a completed 5-minute. We encourage students from various academic disciplines to explore the many uses of digital documentary.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Hands on camera and editing certification. Analysis and Critique Documentaries

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading

This class follows the format of a combination of lecture, discussion of comprehensive on-line cyber text instructions and films. Students are required to actively participate in class discussions: thus, reading and selected films will be assigned to students for class presentation. * Students will need to be to certified to use camera and editing equipment,

Final project will be in a form of a short 5-minute documentary to be done in teams of three. Any variation must be arranged with instructor. Possible topics and format will be discussed in detail in class. Students will be required to write four-two-page double space typed critique of a selected film seen in class: therefore it is recommended that notes and observations be kept in a notebook or journal.

Grades will be based on one 5-minute short documentary (50 points) and 3 assignments 10 points each (total 30 pts) and 2 film critiques 10 points each (total 20 pts. 100 point total for the class. Final project must be down loaded to a VHS format due on the day of the final exam. (4:30-6:20 March 17, 2005) No late video will be accepted.

Final letter grades will be calculated based upon dividing the total number by 100. GRADES ARE NOT NEGOTIABLE.

FINAL GRADE (400 points possible) 400=4.0 390=3.9 380=3.8 and so on.

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 Rosemary Gibbons
Date: 01/03/2005