Learn about the history and importance of documentary filmmaking. This course explores the narrative building blocks of documentaries, and delves into specific examples of nonfiction filmmaking to explore the myriad of ways filmmakers have approached this craft over the past 120 years—culminating into the evolution of today's documentary film.
- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Ashley Kennedy. Welcome to Introduction to Documentary Video Storytelling. In this course, we're gonna delve into defining what a documentary is, beginning by examining the building blocks of documentary storytelling on both a broad and a granular level. Then, we'll go back in time and look at the history of the nonfiction film, exploring many of the ways that documentary filmmakers have approached the art of constructing the nonfiction narrative, as well as why they did it that way during that time. Then, we'll take all of that foundation and look at the modern documentary, and how today's storytellers have borrowed from the past and shaped the future of the craft.
When you're finished with this course, you should have a good understanding of the history, role, and importance of the documentary. Let's get started.