MD Project

MD 401 Magdalena Kallenberger

Documentary Techniques // TURNING POINT



"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination." John Lennon



Documentary Techniques

Turning Point

The course „Turning Point“ is an introduction into documentary film and video production. On the one side we will examine film excerpts throughout the history of documentary films, analyzing different approaches of storytelling and documentary practice. On the other side you will work in groups of 1-3 in the practical on the theme "Turning Point". The particular emphasis is on observing, discussing, analyzing, reflecting, describing "Turning Points" in our personal lifes, in the life of friends, parents, neighbours, people we barely met, the society surrounding us, historical events ... etc. to come up with own ideas on how to document a certain turning point. Throughout this course you will acquire conceptional competence for directing as well as technical skills to write a treatment, to set up, produce, edit and finalize your documentary video project.


Dear Students,

To take part in this course it is obligatory to attend

the LECTURE SERIES "Reflections on..."

Monday 3:30 PM in C3 Room 122
... the films we gonna watch and discuss are relating to our MD Project theme.



04 Final Assignment - Portrait/Turningpoint


03 Assignment - Sound and Images/ Music Video


02 Assignment - documentary without words


01 Assignment // Presentation // Documentary Approaches and History of Documentary Films



NEWS: please download the new credit file. It includes a GUC Logo that works on black background.


How your Credits should look like



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MONDAY // 5. Slot // 15:30-17:00/ // LECTURE SERIES// obligatory to attend for everyone

TUESDAY // 3. Slot // 12:30-13:30 // LECTURE & PRACTICAL // obligatory to attend for everyone

TUESDAY // 4. Slot // 13:45-15:15 // PRACTICAL & CMD // obligatory to attend for everyone



Date Topic Practical References Assignments
March 08 Intro Documentary film @ Wikipedia Assignment 01 for inspiration have a look at The One Minute
March 15 Fiction and Non-Fiction – EARLY FILMS (Rana Elgohary, Nada Harfoush, Ahmed Belal) Presentation // Concept: Documentary without Words 'Actuality' films and the novelty of showing an event

Humans as objects

Travelogue films: A staged story presented as truthful re-enactments of life

Distorting reality or catching the true spirit?

Please send me your concepts till sunday 20.03. by email
March 22 Cinematic Truth and Propaganda Presentation // Work in Progress: Documentary without Words Introduction: How to set up a project in Final Cut Pro
March 29 Cinéma-vérité and Cinéma-direct Presentation // Work in Progress: Documentary without Words Experimental Video Loops
April 05 Political Cinema (Mina Nader) FINAL Presentation // Documentary without Words FC TUTORIAL: Editing The Rough Cut Assignment 02 - music video

Credits to download

April 12 Introduction: The symbiosis of Picture and Music Videos by Michel Gondry, Julien Reich, Janek JonasChris Cunningham, Spike Jonze, Hammer & Tongs, Ruben Fleischer, Jonathan Glazer, Mark Romanek, Douglas Wilson, Mike Mills, Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, Shynola ... FC TUTORIAL: Overwrite, Insert & Cutaway 02 Assignment - Sound and Images/ Music Video
April 19 Documentaries without words (Seif Hazem, Mia Ahmed) Presentation // Work in Progress: Sound and Images/ Music Video FC TUTORIAL: Trimming, Filters & Transitions
April 26 Presentation // Work in Progress: Sound and Images/ Music Video
May 03 Docudrama and Dokufiction (Amina Shafik, AlShiemaa Kamel, Miral Ashraf) Presentation // Work in Progress: Sound and Images/ Music Video FC TUTORIAL: Titles, Speed Editing & Animation
May 10 AKTIVITY WEEK no teaching
May 17 Document, Documentation and Artist's Work Introduction: Final Assignment: Portrait / Turningpoint A great source for film and videos by artists and experimental filmmakers UBU.WEB 04 Final Assignment - Portrait/Turningpoint
May 24 Reality film, Doku-Soap and Mocumentary (Mohamed Abo El Wafa, Ali Heraize, Omar Taher) Work in Progress: Final Assignment: Portrait / Turningpoint
May 31 3rd and 5th slot Work in Progress: Final Assignment: Portrait / Turningpoint
June 08 --- 2nd and 3rd slot!!! Final Presentation ...