Making a documentary film is a journey that rarely ends how the filmmaker expected it to. So how do you successfully navigate that journey? Join Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams (The Apollo, Life, Animated, God Loves Uganda) in this three-hour Master Class as he reveals the creative process of discovering and shaping true stories into compelling documentary films.


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Topics covered include:

    00:00 - Introductions from Sundance Collab and Roger

    04:15 - The Research Phase

    12:00 - Fundraising and Shaping Your Story

    27:00 - Q&A

    35:00 - Production: Finding a Point of View

    55:40 - Q&A

    1:00 - Determining Your Visual Style

    1:17 - Finding Universal Themes

    1:20 - Q&A

    1:37 - Shaping the Narrative in Post-Production

    1:54 - The Value of Working with an Editor

    2:12 - The Editing Process with Editor John Fisher

    2:24 - Establishing Your Character and Scenes in Post

    2:45 - Q&A

    2:50 - Closing Remarks

Roger Ross Williams is an Oscar and Emmy award-winning director, producer and writer and the first African American director to win an Academy Award®, with his film MUSIC BY PRUDENCE. more...

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