Documentary Filmmaking: Crafting Your Story in Post (Feb. 2020)

Live Online Learning

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In documentary filmmaking, the story is largely crafted after the footage has been shot. Learn how to develop your film’s story in the edit room, with an accomplished documentary filmmaker as your guide. This course is aimed at directors, producers, or first-time feature editors, and participants should be at the post-production stage on a current documentary project.

This eight-week course will cover developing your story/script and crafting your scenes; post-production workflow; using music, sound, and graphics/archival materials; as well as strategies for distribution and impact campaigns after the film is complete. Sessions include presentation and discussion, interactive exercises, workshopping of each participant's works-in-progress, and a special guest presenter from the Sundance network. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, February 11 - April 4
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
    • Extended first class session: Tuesday, February 11, 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between March 30 - April 4