Students learn basics of documentary filmmaking
A student skilled at card tricks. The curious popularity of a new health drink. An elaborate Egyptian opera, never performed, that lives on the shelves of the Wheaton archives. These are just a few of the stories students explored through film last spring in Assistant Professor of Filmmaking Patrick Johnson’s “Documentary Storytelling” course.
“The goal of the class is to give students exposure to the conventions of the short documentary film and provide them with tools and techniques to successfully produce their own,” Johnson said. “In my opinion, there is no better way of learning than being actively engaged in the making process. You try, succeed or fail, learn and repeat.”