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Production and Post-production of the Documentary Auteur Film (Creative Form)

Student: Anna Tsarkova

Supervisor: Tatiana Tikhomirova

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Media Communications (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The aim of the following project is to describe, both visually and theoretically, the process of auteur documentary creation from the producers’ angle, considering various cinematographic techniques, auteur methods, narrative structure mechanisms, visual language and production factors as the most crucial parts of creation. The categorized research in the documentary field is provided and practically explained. The project also compares and contrasts theoretical examples, stating how different are numerous auteur perspectives of representing the reality as a concept. Moreover, the new practice – ScreenLife method of capturing - is introduced and described as the approach to documentary. In the practical part of the project the process of using the ScreenLife technique is explained and shown as a significant part of the final product. The film corresponds with relevant and popular topics such as: young people searching for themselves; finding home and peace for oneself; so it has voice to speak with the young audience. The brief explanation of film event series: 20-year old Nicole comes to Moscow from Berlin, where she was living for three years since here early moving out from home in Belgorod. She comes to visit Moscow after meeting Danya online, and he invites her to stay for a while. While she tries to fix up her life, fall in love and live differently, more struggles for her are left in Europe: her husband in Rome who helps her to get EU citizenship, her jobs as childminder and prostitute, and her restless party lifestyle with numerous friends in Berlin. There is a choice for her to follow, and she finally breaks up with Danya to get back to Berlin for work and later fly to Rome to fix citizenship issues. With the coronavirus outbreak, her plans change and she desperately needs to think about new plan. She wants to stay with someone in Berlin to spend quarantine together. But where is her home? She is expected to soon find out. The project would be useful to follow for auteurs, producers and other documentary specialists both amateur and professional. While there are lots of stories to follow, every auteur sees and describes events from different angles. Documentary view always provides the access for audience to the unseen stories and pieces of reality. There are also many new methods to follow and use in documentary filmmaking, as the ScreenLife, and there will be more. Using this technique now is and experiment, but, as technological approach is a trend nowadays, it must gain popularity and become a full practice in the nearest future. The achieved results must be helpful for understanding conceptual part of auteur processes and the dynamic of technique.

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