Jan 11-13, 12p-3p.
Documentary Story Structure – Sabrina S. Gordon – Room 434 on the 11th and 12th, Room 430 on the 13th. (15 students max)
In this class, we will examine the step-by-step process of long-form story telling. We will focus on the use of the narrative three-act storytelling technique and explore different styles, such as cinema verite, investigative, and hybrid genres. We will also compare this to the process of producing short-form news pieces. Students will be assigned documentaries to watch, and they should come to the class with an idea they want to develop into a long-form piece. Motivated students are encouraged to bring in footage, assemblies, or rough cuts to be reviewed in class. Sabrina Schmidt Gordon is an award-winning documentary producer and editor based in NYC. Her films include BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez about the poet, activist and pioneer of the Black Arts Movement, and “DOCUMENTED,” the story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’ life as an undocumented American and his fight for immigration reform. Her other credits include producing and editing the acclaimed documentaries, “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” and “Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter,” and she is a contributing editor of “The New Black,” a documentary about marriage equality and the black church, directed by faculty member Yoruba Richen. She co-teaches Video Documentary at the CUNY J-School, and has guest lectured at Brooklyn College, New York University, the Independent Filmmaker Project, and the Jacob Burns Film Center. She is an advisor to the Yale Visual Law Project and serves on many media panels and juries.