Introduction to Documentary Production

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Introduction to Documentary Production


This hands-on class for new filmmakers focuses on how to plan, shoot and edit a short documentary. The class will introduce participants to screen language and sequencing and provide hands-on experience with digital video cameras and the Adobe Premiere editing system. Equipment and access to a computer lab will be provided.

Participants will work in small teams to produce a 3-5 minute documentary profile piece. Each team can develop their own subject or the instructor can assign a subject if needed.

In addition to learning how to use the equipment, work in a small crew, and plan and structure your story, the class will also focus on the interviewing process. Asking well thought out questions not only provides you with the information you’re looking for but also helps develop trust and rapport with your subjects.

Completed films will be screened at an upcoming Docs’ Community Stories Film Festival.


Jan 23 – Feb 27, 2021 (6 consecutive Sundays), 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

In addition, participants should plan on spending 4-6 additional hours outside of class time between the third and fourth week of class for shooting. Participants who want additional edit time for their projects will also have the option of staying for two extra hours after the fifth class session and two extra hours after the sixth class session.


Docs In Progress 8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113 Silver Spring, MD 20910

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