Post your thoughts on the question set and reactions to the group taping assignment.

-Are there any questions you would change, drop, add?
-What location worked best for interviewing each other?
-What worked/didn’t work when taping?
-What b-roll did you shoot?

Post your responses by noon, Tuesday, February 24th.

The final documentary project for this class was presented at 11am on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the ELS Department’s Kemp Symposium for students. You can find the project and videos at:

Be sure to ‘write on the wall’ and leave a comment, telling us what you thought of the project, and your experience at UMW.

Welcome to the blog for FSEM 100: Documenting Reality. We will use this site to share documents and discuss online artifacts.

What makes a film a ‘documentary’?

Wikipedia: ‘Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to “document” reality.’

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The Lumiere Brothers in 1895 – Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

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Collection of short films by the Lumiere Brothers – 1895

What is ‘reality’?

We typically think of reality as how things exist. But can realities differ? Can reality be subjective? Could a document change a reality? Could two people view the same document and see it fit differently within their own reality?

O.J. cover story

Syllabus and Reading

The current syllabus was updated on January 16, 20008 and can be found here: FSEM 100: Documentary Rhetoric syllabus

The article on video editing can be found here: Video production techniques – editing