This one-week master class is for filmmakers and students who want to sharpen their work with the mentoring of a master documentary filmmaker, specifically addressing how to improve your works-in-progress.
Sep 16, 2024 - Sep 20, 2024
Workshop Fee: $1595
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12
Note: This master class will be held Immediately following The Camden International Film Festival, a 2-minute drive from campus.
This one-week master class is for filmmakers and students who want to sharpen their work with the mentoring of a master documentary filmmaker. The class will specifically address how to improve works-in-progress. The work-in-progress can be in a written format (proposal, treatment, script) or a film already in production or editing. Projects can be either long or short form. They will be discussed as a group and, as needed, in individual sessions with the instructor.
The class will consider conceptualization, development, research, how to focus the story and structure, scripted and non-scripted storytelling, ethics, interviewing as relationship, how to balance multiple stories, and much more. You will also go deep into the dynamics of launching and financing a project: crafting a pitch and logline, synopses, treatments, key production elements, budgeting, and identifying funding resources and distribution opportunities. Work by the instructor and other documentarians will be analyzed.
In addition to their work-in-progress, students are welcome and encouraged to bring one of their finished films to the screen for critique and discussion. You will also have the opportunity for one-on-one sessions with the instructor. By week’s end, participants will have re-evaluated and improved their projects and enriched their palette with tips and guidelines from this accomplished filmmaker.
Notable Documentary Workshop Alumni:
Maine Media documentary workshop alumni include Laura Poitras, winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for Citizenfour (2015), and an Academy Award nomination for All The Beauty and the Bloodshed (2022); and Luke Lorentzen, whose feature-length documentaries, Midnight Family (2019) and A Still Small Voice (2023) have been shortlisted for Academy Award nominations. He was awarded Best Director (U.S. Documentary) for A Still Small Voice at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.
Camden International Film Festival (CIFF):
The Documentary Master Class immediately follows CIFF. Recognized as one of the world’s top 12 documentary film festivals, CIFF brings the finest nonfiction cinema to the coast of Maine, showcasing over 80 documentary features and short films from around the globe each fall.