An acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker will help guide you with your work-in-progress

Sep 19, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

Levels: Advanced, Master,
Workshop Fee: $1575
Class Size: 12

(Immediately following The Camden International Film Festival)

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 that is 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 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.

The Documentary Master Class immediately follows THE CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Recognized as one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world, CIFF brings the finest nonfiction cinema to the coast of Maine, showcasing over 80 documentary feature and short films from around the globe each fall. 

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