A presentation delivered by Courtney Hermann at the 2012 University Film and Video Association meeting.
From 2008-2012, Courtney Hermann and her Documentary Production students participated in the International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition where teams from across the world are given a documentary subgenre and a theme, and must create a 4-7 minute film from start to finish in just 5 days.
Courtney and her students have produced 10 films in all--4 were selected as contest finalists and premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto. One film garnered additional commendations as the winner of the POV/American Documentary award. Three were selected for inclusion in the "Best of Doc Challenge" DVD, distributed by Typecast Releasing and KDHX Community Media.
This Power Point document, created for a workshop Courtney was invited to present at the University Film and Video Association meeting in 2012, uses experiences with the International Documentary Chalenge as case studies to address how instructors might manufacture a scenario where there’s enough at stake to motivate students to commit themselves to the cause of a collaborative project, and in the process open up a wealth of opportunities to learn about filmmaking and about themselves as filmmakers.