Development to Distribution: Mentoring the Undergraduate Documentary Filmmaker

By Scott McHugh.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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University students often have interesting ideas about making documentaries but are unsure of the process used to create their projects. This case study looks at how one faculty member mentored his student over a two-year period in the making of an award winning feature-length documentary. This paper examines the mentoring relationship and how it develops and changes over time, from development to distribution. The various stages of production are analyzed using the film Card Subject To Change, a film focusing on the independent leagues of professional wrestling.

Keywords: Mentoring, Documentary, Feature Film, Production Process

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.151-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 764.604KB).

Scott McHugh

Assistant Professor, Communication Department, Kean University, Mountainside, NJ, USA

Dr. Scott McHugh holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in Mass Communication and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. He is a member of the faculty at Kean University for the past 13 years teaching classes in Digital Media Production, Audio Production, Film and Media studies. His interest includes independent filmmaking, radio programming and digital media production.