Content and structure of training

Content and structure of training

ZeLIG’s three-year program in documentary filmmaking is a full-time obligation. Course attendance is mandatory.

The curriculum includes 3,300 hours of training. 3,000 of those hours are spent in class; each student also participates in internships of 300 hours.

All activities are organized and planned according to a sequence of training modules. There are introductory, intermediate and specialization modules.

The modules feature lectures, practical experience on the individual level, and group work. There’s a special focus on learning together and active participation in group projects.

Students are given access to ZeLIG premises and equipment outside classroom hours, for the purposes of honing their skills and completing their projects.

The 2016-2019 cycle begins November 7, 2016, and ends June 30, 2019.

First Year

Students acquire the basic elements of analysis and comprehension of audiovisual language and cinematographic grammar. Training is provided in all aspects of planning and producing a documentary film. Course work is carried out in two phases. The first provides a general introduction; the second explores those subjects more in depth. At the end of each phase, students create short documentaries, in groups and on their own.

The first year provides an introduction to the world of documentaries and documentary filmmaking. Students will be evaluated and subsequently assigned majors from the three offered: (Direction/Project Development, Photography/Lights, Editing/Post-Production). The final exam will be overseen by a commission that will assess overall performance and recommend majors for students to pursue during their second and third years.

Second Year

The second year is divided into “vertical modules”, which are different for each major, and focus on developing the skills in each of the three specializations offered; and “horizontal modules”, which involve all students, regardless of their majors. As in the first year, seminars that focus on theory are accompanied by hands-on activities, including the making of a short documentary, in which each student participates in a group initiative based on his or her area of specialization.
Upon conclusion of the second year, students take part in internship programs based on their majors.

Third Year

Students dedicate their entire third year to the creation of final film projects, which may be of medium or feature length. Such films shall be developed and created based on the following professional audiovisual methods of production: research; writing a project; pitching it; pre-production; budgeting; production; post-production; delivery. Students work in their own areas of specialization in the creation of at least one film. At the same time, students work together on all the other activities necessary for the successful conclusion of the project.

Upon conclusion of the three-year program, students must pass a comprehensive final exam in order to graduate.