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Documentary Structure and Storytelling: Structure Case Studies

Presented by Docs In Progress at Docs In Progress, Silver Spring MD

Oct 02, 2018

Documentary Structure and Storytelling: Structure Case Studies

Learn about documentary story and structure through specific case studies.

Analyzing the structure of completed documentary films that are compelling is essential while developing the skill of understanding storytelling and structure in filmmaking. In this session we will analyze the structure of three documentaries (each available on Netflix or for viewing at Docs In Progress) that are very different in style and that have managed to tell outstanding stories by applying effective structure tools. This will take you from understanding storytelling techniques on a

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This workshop is part of a series of three documentary structure-focused workshops which also include Documentary Structure and Storytelling: The Essentials of Documentary Storytelling (9/18) and Documentary Structure and Storytelling: The Big Picture of Documentary Structure (9/25) .  If you are working on your first documentary, it is recommended you sign up for all three sessions since they build on each other.  However, it is also possible to sign up for these sessions a la carte.

I/II – Aimed at filmmakers who have, at least some basic experience with production and are working on a specific project.


Documentary Structure Package (all three workshops)
$250 (register/pay through September 3)
$275 Late Registration Fee (register/pay September 4 until filled)

Session 3 only:
$100 (register/pay through September 17) – $25 discount for Docs Insider Premium Members. Use Promo Code which was provided.
$125 Late Registration Fee (register/pay September 18 until filled) – no discounts

If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program at the Premium level, you can get a $25 discount on the registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. To get the discount, you will enter a Promo Code when you get to the payment. If you missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it.

Click the “Register Now” button towards the top of the page. Because of limited space (maximum 6 participants on our workstations plus we can accommodate two more using your laptops), advanced registration is highly recommended.

Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot in the class.

If you are paying by credit card, select the “Paypal” option (you can pay by credit card even if you don’t have a Paypal account). Payment must be made at the same time you complete the online registration form.

If you are paying by check, you still need to register online, but select “Pay by Check or Wire”.  Make check payable to “Docs In Progress” and mail to:

Docs In Progress
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Write the name of the workshop in the memo line)

Your registration will be completed once your payment is received.

Contact: 301-789-2797


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8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113, Silver Spring, MD 20910


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