Guided by a two-time Emmy Award-winning archival producer, explore the entire archival process. Elevate your storytelling by creatively integrating historical footage and images to bring a new dimension to your documentary projects.

Aug 26, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1195
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

Archival material is the backbone of any historical documentary. Vintage footage and photographs give us the visceral connection and sensual texture that connects us with the past.

This workshop covers the entire archival process from research of footage, still photos and fine art, to the creative use of archival material, to the ordering process and clearing rights, as well as issues surrounding copyright, public domain and fair use. Students learn efficient research methods, creative and editorial understanding of archival materials, how to make the most of the National Archives and other public resources, and the most sensible approaches to using commercial stock footage.

We will spend mornings developing research skills and learning resources, and afternoons exploring how to creatively integrate archival material into films. 

Whether your interest is local stories or broad national or international topics, you can make the most of your budget while developing archival as a substantial and meaningful dimension to your film.

This workshop is taught by two-time Emmy Award-winning archival producer, Rich Remsberg. With more than twenty years of experience and over 100 production credits, he is one of the country’s leading researchers for documentary films, TV programs, and museum exhibits.

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Instructor: Rich Remsberg 

Rich Remsberg is a two-time Emmy Award-winning archival producer with more than twenty years of experience in documentary films and series. Working with directors such as Lawrence Kasdan, Ben Stiller, Penny Lane, Amir Bar-Lev, Marshall Curry, Eugene Jarecki, Jesse Moss, and Dawn Porter, Remsberg specializes in creating fresh storylines and finding rare and unseen footage to support them.  

His credits for HBO, Netflix, Disney+, NatGeo, History, and PBS include Light & Magic, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, Bobby Kennedy for President, Happy Valley, and the Academy Award-nominated A Night at the Garden.