An Introduction to Social Documentary
Created by John Edmonstone and Adam McIlwaine, Cardonald College
What kind of resource is this?
A set of web-based learning materials introducing students to the history and practice of documentary-making, with a focus on social documentary. The materials contain a number of photographic images, film stills and film clips drawn from Scran, as well as film clips created within Cardonald College.
The aim is to give learners an understanding of the historical background to social documentary-making and allowing them to contextualise the materials within the modern tradition. The hope is that students will come to understand the documentary-making tradition of which they themselves are a part. The materials are also intended to give students an understanding of some of the creative processes in documentary-making and in particular the effect of narrative achieved by directorial choice. Students using this material would then to go on to make their own documentary samples and there are exercises within the learning materials to encourage this.
Read the full case study to find out more about this resource and how it was made.
Who was it designed for?
First year HNC/D Television Production students. It is also suitable for any similar level practical film and television courses.
Points of interest:
Until these materials were created, illustrative materials in the Television Production course were limited to American examples as these were the easiest to access. This valuable resource – based on work by Scottish documentary film makers - gives students a chance to understand the social documentary from within their own background and tradition. It is also highly entertaining!
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