Historical Documentary Workshop

Course Information
TitleΕργαστήριο Ιστορικού Ντοκιμαντέρ / Historical Documentary Workshop
FacultyFine Arts
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorApostolos Karakasis
Course ID600019112

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Film Studies (2009-2013)

Registered students: 19
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective Courses beloging to the selected specialization535

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
General Prerequisites
This project-based lesson is conducted in collaboration with the Department of History & Archeology of AUTH and is attended by students from both departments. Students of the School of Film are required to have passed the course 4NT1. Fifteen students from the Film Department can participate in the course. If there are more students interested, the group of 15 will be selected based on higher grade in the 4NT1 course. The prerequisite of the course for students of the Department of History & Archeology is the attendance of the introductory seminar cycle in Historical Documentary (winter semester 2019-20). In case there are more than fifteen (15) interested candidates, priority will be respected.
Learning Outcomes
• Produce a historical short documentary • Understand basic theoretical considerations on public history issues • Practice expository mode techniques • Learn various ways to research and use archive materials creatively • Practice conducting and filming interviews • Practice reenactments as a form of storytelling • Learn to co-operate with scientific advisors in specific fields
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of the workshop is to provide a practical introduction to different approaches in the representation of History in documentary film, as mixed groups of students from the School of Film & History department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki co-operate in creating a series of short historical documentaries. At the beginning there is an introduction to historiography and to basic theoretical considerations on issues of public history and the representation of History on screen. The scripts of the films under construction are then developed through successive drafts. During this time, methodologies for sources and archive material research are presented. At the same time, case studies are examined regarding their narrative approach and the creative use of expository mode devices, eg. interviews, dramatizations, archive material etc. The exploration of theoretical considerations and artistic approaches stems from and are directly related to the construction of each film.
History, Cinema, Documentary, Audiovisual Archives
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Meetings take place both live and by videoconferencing and include the use of ICT to communicate with students. Student assignments are posted at specific deadlines in e-learning and from there they are monitored and evaluated. ICT are also used in the research of sources, in the editing and post-production of films.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment150.5
Artistic Workshop200.7
Written assigments200.7
Artistic creation602
Student Assessment
Each student is evaluated on the basis of the quality of the short film (70%), the written script summary (15%) and his / her creative contribution to the group (15%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Καρακάσης Α. Εφόδιο για νέους ντοκιμαντερίστες, ΣΕΑΒ 2015 Φερό Μ., ΚΙΝΗΜΑΤΟΓΡΑΦΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ, Μεταίχμιο, 2002
Additional bibliography for study
Thanouli, E. HISTORY AND FILM, A TALE OF TWO DISCIPLINES, Bloomsbury academic, 2019 Bernard, C. S. ARCHIVAL STORYTELLING. Focal press, Οxford, 2009 Rosenstone, R. HISTORY ON FILM/FILM ON HISTORY, Longman, 2006. Λαμπρινός, Φ. ΙΣΧΥΣ ΜΟΥ Η ΑΓΑΠΗ ΤΟΥ ΦΑΚΟΥ, Καστανιώτης, 2004
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