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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Jan 21, 2018
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MPFV236 Documentary to Mockumentary 3 cr.

This video production course charts the territory between documentary and mockumentary, looking at the history of truth in media. We begin by examining the history and production techniques of documentary filmmaking, then move into the genre of mockumentary, examining everything from reality TV to fake news. We examine how mockumentaries use sophisticated editing techniques to present work that is truthful in form, yet falsified in content. Over the course of the semester we analyze the fine line between media manipulation and editorial representation through production activities that critically engage the ethics of truth in the documentary form. Throughout the semester students will produce short documentaries and mockumentaries. They complete a series of assignments including on-the-street interviews about real and fake news items, fake biographical videos, mockumentaries and class presentations on the issue of trust between the director and viewer. The goal of the class is to build a complex discourse around issues of representation, trust, and responsibility by examining how the technological advancement in media production has altered our perception of the “real” and how it is often manipulated for emotional and political impact. We approach the material as both critical media makers and devoted viewers.

Prerequisites: MPFV220 or by permission of instructor

Hybrid Studio/Critique
All College Elective