Digital Cinema Documentary Certificate Event Running February 11 – The Siskiyou
Image Credit Southern Oregon University Digital Cinema Program
On February 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Britt Hall Student Lounge, the Communication, Media and Film program will hold an information session on the Certificate in Documentary Production. The Siskiyou sat down with Dr. Christopher Lucas, who has a background in documentary production and teaches documentary classes at SOU, to talk details about this upcoming event.
When asked what a documentary certificate is, Dr Lucas said: “It is a way for SOU to show that the student has had advanced training in documentary filmmaking and has specialist knowledge in something like outdoor adventure leadership or political science or environmental science, giving them the skills to create documentaries in those areas.
The purpose of this event is to help students get the information they need to get certified. Dr. Lucas provided the Siskiyou with a link that displays a list of courses students who want to become documentarians will need to take to be certified by the school. Students take three pre-program courses in production tools for six credits. After that, they take 36 credits in required production courses and 12 credits in a subject area. Dr. Lucas said the program is quite easy for digital cinema students to follow. “A lot of credits for the Documentary Certificate overlap with our Digital Cinema requirements. So if you’re already working towards a Digital Cinema major, you can probably easily skip and add the Documentary Certificate to your program.
For those planning to attend this event, here is what Dr. Lucas said you should expect: “The information session will explain the program, the credits you need and the courses you will need to take. We will talk about the partner disciplines with which we have established links, such as criminal justice, environmental sciences, gender, sexuality and women’s studies, history, Native American studies, the leadership program for the Outdoor Adventure, Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN), and Political Science.” According to Dr. Lucas, you’ll choose one of these eight programs and take some of the courses offered by those programs alongside your filmmaking classes. If you’re doubling down on one of these areas alongside digital cinema, you’re probably already on the right track and you might not even realize it.
With spring class enrollment fast approaching, we had asked Dr. Lucas what kind of documentary filmmaking classes would be offered in the spring. Some of these were DCIN 472A, Advanced Documentary, as well as production tools courses such as DCIN 101, which focuses on audio equipment, and DCIN 102 which focuses on DSLR cameras, for those who need to do their prerequisites.
For those interested in making documentaries and/or becoming a digital cinema major in order to make documentaries, the upcoming Communication, Media & Film department event on Documentary Certification is one not to be missed. The event will take place on Friday, February 11 at 1:00 p.m. at Britt Hall. Below is a flyer for the event.