Today's audience has become very sophisticated in their appreciation of the visual art of filmmaking. Mediocre visual production and camera work quickly sends a message to audiences that the work is not to be taken seriously. Expectations by audiences are for a high level of production quality in all visual forms of storytelling, including documentary filmmaking.
This one-week course is for emerging and professional documentary filmmakers and cinematographers who want to explore the technical and creative role that the camera plays in documentary production. Through screenings, analysis of documentaries, examination of camera style, and a close look at technical and storytelling solutions, students will become experts at defining what makes a convincing documentary. The class covers storytelling, shot design, sequencing and continuity, blocking and camera moves, composition, POV, and lens selection.
The mornings are spent in the classroom for discussion, critiques, and screenings. The afternoons are dedicated to research and fieldwork as the students find and shoot a short documentary, and gain practical experience handling the camera in a variety of situations. Scenes are edited for review and critique.
"I came away knowing 500% more than I knew coming in"
- Matthew Johnson, Washington, DC
"Documentary camera was both humbling and empowering as a whole new way of 'seeing' & perspective opened with regards to filming and as we were given unusual opportunities to practice new skills with encouraging feedback"
- L. Stager, Searsmont, ME
"It's not just a workshop, it's an experience."