New Course with Filmmaker Jim de Sève (Winter 2019)
Making the Mockumentary, FLM 321, Winter 2019, T/Th 1:55-3:40, Karp 103
From rock legends that never existed to “found” footage that reveals the final terrifying moments of lost campers, mockumentaries present their too-good-to-be-true tales with a straight face. Often humorous, sometimes scary, iconic mockumentaries like This Spinal Tap; A Might Wind; Borat and even the 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds harnessed real documentary techniques to pull off their hoaxes. Hand-held footage, microphones “accidentally” left on, scenes that are “stumbled upon”, discarded celebrities in search of redemption – these are the stock in trade of the mockumentary.
In this class, you will have a chance to pull off your own documentary hoax. You will develop a fake story, strategize shooting techniques and go into production. At the end of the term we will invite the campus community to view your work.