FA 494 Oral History Documentary on Turkish Cinema
Fall 2014
Instructor: Özcan Vardar
[email protected]
Course Description:
This course offers to bring two different disciplines together, Oral History and
Documentary, and focuses on the history of the Turkish cinema through the audiovisual
recordings of the interviews with the retired figures (directors, producers, actors and
actresses, cinematographers, etc.) of the old Turkish Film Industry (a.k.a. Yesilcam).
Throughout the semester, the students will be taking part in making oral history
documentaries. Students will conduct, shoot and record the interviews and finally edit the
whole material in order to make the oral history documentary of the Turkish cinema
veterans.
Students must be able to read and understand Turkish to take this course for credit.
To request a consent, students must send an email to [email protected] by 17.00 on
16th of September, Tuesday, explaining your interest in this course and Turkish cinema, and
must request a consent via Obikas as well.
Course Days & Room:
Fridays, 10:00-13:00 @ Mithat Alam Film Center
Requirements:
There will be required readings for certain weeks (see below) and students must read it
before coming to class. The readings will be sent via email or will be available on internet.
There will be film screenings and discussions during the lectures. Coming late or leaving
the class early without an acceptable excuse will not be tolerated. An absence of totally 4
weeks will result a direct F! Students are required to submit 4 papers:
1- A research paper about the character including the filmography and the list of
questions (Before the interviews start)
2- Transcriptions of the whole interviews
3- Interpretations of the transcriptions on paper
4- Final paper (obligatory) about personal experiences during the making of the
documentary.
Late submissions of the papers will not be accepted.
Shooting and editing an oral history documentary is essential part in this course. Students
will be working in groups and follow this sequence of stages:
1- Making the research about the character, preparing the filmography and question
list.
2- Making the interviews
3- Making the transcriptions of recorded interviews
4- Preparing the interpretations of the transcriptions on paper (edit on Paper)
5- Preparing the rough cuts of the projects with the help of these interpretations.
6- Making the final cut of the projects
Course Assessment:
Attendance &Participation………………………………………………..15 %
Research Paper and List of Questions…..........................................15 %
Interviews…………………………..……………………………………………25 %
Interpretation of the transcriptions………………………..…………10 %
Editing and Final Cut of the Project …………………….……..……..25 %
Final Paper (obligatory) ……………………..………………….…..…….15 %
(+5% is bonus )
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26 September
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INTRODUCTION TO COURSE:
Film screening:
Oral History Documentary on Memduh Ün
3 October
ORAL HISTORY v.s. DOCUMENTARY
SHORT HISTORY OF TURKISH CINEMA
ASSIGNMENTS OF THE PROJECTS
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Readings:
Arzu Öztürkmen, 2011, “Sözlü Tarihin Poetikası: Anlatı ve Gösterim” Edebiyatın
Omzundaki Melek: Edebiyatın Tarihle İlişkisi Üzerine Yazılar, İstanbul, İletişim
Yayınları
Arzu Öztürkmen, 2002, “Sözlü Tarih: Yeni bir Disiplinin Cazibesi”, Toplum ve
Bilim,91,115-121
Enis Rıza: ‘Sözlü Tarih ve Belgesel Sinema, Tarihin Sivil Olarak Kavranması’,
Belgesel Sinema 2007, (Belgesel Sinemacılar Birliği Yayını), pp. 72-77.
http://www.vtr.com.tr/sozlutarih_uzerine.htm
Giovanni Scognamillio. 1999. “Türk Sinema Tarihi”, eds. Çetin Şan, Kabalcı yayınları.
Nijat Özön. 2010. “Sinema Tarihi (1896-1960)”, Doruk yayınları.
Şükran Esen. 2010. “Türk Sinemasının Kilometre Taşları”, Agora yayınları.
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Film screening:
Oral History Documentary on Şadan Kamil
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10 October RESAERCH METHODS AND ETHICS
INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES FOR ORAL HISTORY DOCUMENTARY
INTERVIEW EXERCISES FOR EACH OF THE GROUPS
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Readings:
Ali Karadoğan. 2003. “Halit Refiğ”, Dünya Kitle İletişim Vakfı
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Film screening:
Oral History Documentary on Vedat Türkali
17 October SHOOTING FOR ORAL HISTORY DOCUMENTARY
RESEARCH PAPERS DUE
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Film screening:
Oral History Documentary on Tuncel Kurtiz
24 October IN SEARCH OF ORAL HISTORY OF TURKISH CINEMA
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Readings:
Övgü Gökçe: ‘Türk Sinemasının Sözlü Tarihini Ararken: İlhan Arakon,’ Türk Film
Araştırmalarında Yeni Yönelimler-5 (2006), Bağlam Yayınları. pp. 81-92.
Z. Tül Akbal: “Bir Deneyimin Tarihi; Tarih Deneyimleri ve Deneyim Tarihi,” Türk
Film Araştırmalarında Yeni Yönelimler-5 (2006), Bağlam Yayınları. pp. 41-47.
Murat Akser: “Türk Sinema Tarihi Yazılımı: Bir Yöntem Önerisi,” Türk Film
Araştırmalarında Yeni Yönelimler-3 (2003), Bağlam Yayınları. pp. 41-48.
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Film screening:
Oral History Documentary on İlhan Arakon
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Oral History Documentary on Rekin Teksoy
31 October VALIDITY & RELIABILITY
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Readings:
Alice Hoffman, 1996, (1974). “Reliability and Validity in Oral History” Oral History:
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An Interdisciplinary Anthology, David K. Dunaway & Will K. Baum eds. London: Alt
Mira Press pp.87-93
Trevor Lummis,1998,(1983). “Structure and Validity in Oral Evidence”, The Oral
History Reader, Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson eds. London: Routledge
pp.273-283
Lütfi Ö. Akad. 2004. “Işıkla Karanlık Arasında”, İşbankası Yayınları
Atıf Yılmaz. 2002. “Bir Sinemacının Anıları”, Doğan Kitapçılık
Fikret Hakan, 2010: “Türk Sinema Tarihi” İnkılap Yayınları, 2010
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Film screening:
Oral History Documentary on Filiz Akın
Oral History Documentary on Fikret Hakan
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7 November REVIEW OF INTERVIEWS
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Film screening:
Oral History Documentary on Giovanni Scognamillo
Oral History Documentary on Sefa Önal
14 November
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REVIEW OF INTERVIEWS
Film screening:
Screenings from the last year’s projects
21 November RECONSTRUCTION OF A LIFE STORY
TRANSCRIPTIONS OF THE INTERVIEWS DUE
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Readings:
Thomas Balkenhol “Belgesel Film Kurgusunun Görevi ve Süreçleri”, yeni insan yeni
sinema sayı13, pp 42-45
Gabriele Rosenthal,1993, “Reconstruction of Life Stories: Principles of Selection in
Generating Stories for Narrative Biographical Interviews” in the Narrative Study of
Lives, eds, R.H. Josselson & A. Liebblich, pp.59-91, London & Beverly Hills, CA: Sage
N. Pierre. “Between Memory and History”, translated by Marc Rpudebush.
(http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/classes/201/articles/89NoraLieu
xIntroRepresentations.pdf )
Film screening:
Screenings from the last year’s projects
28 November EDITING FOR ORAL HISTORY DOCUMENTARY
INTERPRETATION OF THE MATERIAL ON PAPER DUE
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Film screening:
Screenings from the last year’s projects
5 December
12 December
19 December
10 January 2015
Screening of the Rough Cuts
Screening of the Rough Cuts
Screening of the Rough Cuts (Last day of the Class)
LAST DAY TO SUBMIT FINAL PAPER AND THE FINAL CUT OF THE
PROJECT
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