Course Description

This course covers the essentials of shooting a five- to seven-minute documentary: developing an idea, researching the topic, interviewing subjects, creating a visual strategy, and location scouting, lighting, and shooting. Creative uses of still photographs, artwork, and stock footage are also explored. Students may work individually or in groups. By the end of the term, each student or group should have a working rough cut or fine cut edited non-linear editing software tools that students learn to use during in-class instruction. Students have access to New School digital video cameras, but each must bring a firewire drive.

Learner Outcomes

  • How to research and develop an idea in preparation for documentary production.
  • Aesthetic and technical skills for producing and shooting a short-documentary subject, using both camera and non-camera based filmmaking techniques.
  • Knowledge of editing on non-linear editing software.

Additional Information

  • Students will complete the class with a documentary film of their own making, in either the rough cut or fine cut stage.
  • Experience with working in a group environment on a documentary film shoot.

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Section Title
Documentary Production Workshop
7:00PM to 9:40PM
Jan 26, 2022 to May 11, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
CE Tuition non-credit $1,725.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Mar 01, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 26, 2022
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