Be guided by an award-winning producer, director, and writer through the creation of your own documentary film.

Jul 10, 2023 - Jul 14, 2023

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1395
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

There’s never been a more exciting time for documentaries.  At the heart of every compelling documentary, long or short, is a great idea.  Bring yours to life!

Explore all aspects of beginning, shaping, and making a documentary. You’ll examine documentary genres and styles as you consider where your idea best lives.  Learn how documentaries are written, beginning with a simple one-sentence logline that captures your idea, then crafting a brief synopsis to help shape and clarify your story and subject. We will screen clips and trailers from some of the most compelling and intriguing documentaries of our time, analyzing their subjects and storylines to stimulate discussion about how to focus and structure a story.

Maine Media interview with Jack Churchill

You’ll get a real-world view on the basics of development, pitching, producing, directing, budgeting, and identifying potential funding resources. We’ll also look at distribution opportunities for your project in order to tease out what makes your project special.

Workshop your project’s elements and gain knowledge under Heather’s guidance and expertise.  This award-winning director and two-time Sundance-winning executive producer will share her own war stories and successes during the week that concludes with your own in-class pitch.

Hannah Drabin, Non-fiction, interview Doc Master Class

This week is for beginning filmmakers, directors, writers, and producers or anyone interested in the essentials of how to make a short or feature-length documentary and features one-on-one time with Heather to advise on any aspect of your documentary film. 

In addition to being available as an individual workshop, this course is also Part of the 4-Week Documentary Intensive.

Image Credits:  Owen Weaver,  Christine Moriello

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Instructor: Heather Winters

Heather Winters is a film producer, director and writer and a two-time Sundance-winning executive producer. Heather executive produced Morgan Spurlock's Academy Award® nominated and Sundance-winning documentary, Super Size Me, and Anthony Haney-Jardine's Sundance-winning dramatic feature, Anywhere, U.S.A.  Her other producing credits include Michelle Memran's The Rest I Make Up (Best Movies of 2018, The New Yorker), AJ Schnack's, Convention, (IFC/Sundance Selects), Class Act (Morgan Spurlock Presents), and Jim Killeen's Google Me. In 2013, she made her directorial debut with TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro, about legendary songwriter and music producer Desmond Child's journey to parenthood. Television credits include ThunderCats, Silverhawks, The Comic Strip, and MTV's Real World. Heather is a film professor at Sarah Lawrence College where she teaches producing, development and pitching for film and TV, and documentary filmmaking. She is the founder of White Dock and Studio on Hudson production companies.