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Target Audience:

Cis women, trans and non-binary people, over 18 years old, who are interested in working in the audiovisual field



Ethical issues in documentary. Documentary types and schools. The stages of making a documentary: research, filming, editing, distribution. How to format a project: script, script, budget, executive project.  


Specific objectives:

1. Learn the history of the documentary, calling attention to the female presence in the direction;  

2. Understand the stages of realization and production of the documentary: preparation and research; pre-production and planning; production and approach methods; post-production, assembly and finishing; distribution;  

3. Learn strategies, methods and techniques for documentaries;  

4. Learn to format documentary projects;  

5. Know the ethical limits faced during the making of the documentary.


Program content  

Class 1 – Introduction.  

Documentary language and the artifices of the real.  

Documentary schools – emphasis on Latin American production.

Women and the direction of documentaries.

Classes 2 and 3 - Realization.

The steps for documentary production: the idea, initial research, fundraising, in-depth research, filming, editing, finalization and distribution of the film. Case Study.

Class 4 - Documentary project.

How to format a documentary project: argument, script, budget, executive project. Proposal for student project exercises.

Classes 5 and 6 - Debates of ideas.

Discussion of the students' documentary projects.



The course is conceptually introduced in lectures and develops around discussions, documentary screenings, debates and technical and artistic exercises.  


Basic Bibliography

COUTINHO, Edward. “Looking at the Documentary”. In: LABAKI, Amir (org.). The truth of each one. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2015, pp.224-230. (Arts Sector: 791.229.2 V483).

GAUTHIER, Guy. The Documentary: another cinema. Campinas, SP: Papirus, 2011, pp.11-38. (Central Library: 791.43-92 G276d).

LUCENA, Luis Carlos. How to make documentaries: concept, language and production practice. São Paulo: Summus, 2012, pp.57-62. (791.43 L935c).

NICHOLS, Bill. Introduction to Documentary. 5.ed. PDF.


Complementary Bibliography:  

BAUER, Erica. “Documentary as Experience”. In: About Making Documentaries. São Paulo: Itaú Cultural, 2007, pp.74-80. PDF.

PUCCINI, Sergio. “Introduction to Documentary Screenwriting”. In: Doc On-Line. n.06. Aug. 2009, pp.173-190. Available at: <>. Accessed: Apr. 2013. PDF.  

PUCCINI, Sergio. Documentary Script: from pre-production to post-production. 3.ed. Campinas, SP: Papirus, 2012. (791.44 P977r)  

RABIGER, Michael. Direction of documents. Madrid: Official Institute of Radio and Television, 1987, pp.61-73. (xerox only) 

RABIGER, Michael. Documentary direction. 5.ed. Rio de Janeiro: Elsevier, 2011, pp.99-117; pp.195-203. (xerox only)


Maria Carol is a filmmaker and partner at Lanterninha Produções. Graduated in Arts, she has been working as a director, producer, editor and screenwriter since 2007. Her work seeks sensitive encounters between cinema and life, looking for themes related to human rights. He directed animated, documentary and live action short films and his first documentary feature, “Diários de Classe”, after going through important festivals, entered the commercial circuit of 19 Brazilian capitals, in addition to being shown on Canal Brasil. He is currently developing the script for his upcoming feature films, the documentaries “A Cidade Envelhece” and “A Different Year”.


Facilitator: Maria Carol

online class

Hours: 20h

Number of vacancies: 20

When happens:  

02.23, 04, 09 and 03/11/21  

from 18:00 to 21:00  

25.02 and 02.03  

from 18:00 to 22:00

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Enrollment period:  01/26/21 to 02/09/21

Publication of the selection: 02/19/21






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