Explore the camera’s role in the storytelling process for documentary filmmaking.

SonyToday's audience has become very sophisticated in their appreciation of the visual art of filmmaking. Expectations by audiences are for a high level production quality in all visual forms of storytelling, including documentary filmmaking. This workshop provides students with an understanding of how photography and cinematography tools and skills are adapted to address the unique demand of non-fiction filmmaking.

This one-week course is for emerging and professional documentary filmmakers and cinematographers who want to explore the technical and creative role that the camera plays in documentary production. Through screenings, analysis of documentaries, examination of camera style, and a close look at technical and storytelling solutions, students will become experts at defining what makes a convincing documentary. Throughout the week the class will examine the importance of anticipating technical and logistical choices before the shoot. The workshop covers storytelling, shot design, sequencing and continuity, blocking and camera moves, composition, POV, and lens selection.

The mornings are spent in the classroom for discussion, critiques, and screenings. The afternoons are dedicated to research and fieldwork as the students find and shoot a short documentary, and gain practical experience handling the camera in a variety of situations. Scenes are edited for review and critique.

Testimonials:

"I came away knowing 500% more than I knew coming in"
- Matthew Johnson, Washington, DC

"Documentary camera was both humbling and empowering as a whole new way of 'seeing' & perspective opened with regards to filming and as we were given unusual opportunities to practice new skills with encouraging feedback"
- L. Stager, Searsmont, ME

"It's not just a workshop, it's an experience."

Instructors

David Wright

David is an Emmy and BAFTA award winner who has worked in over 60 countries as a cameraman, producer and photographer. Working anywhere from the streets of New York or Hong Kong, remote corners of the central Africa, to the Australian Outback, clients include major television networks such as National Geographic, the BBC, PBS, Discovery and VSOD clients such as Curiosity Stream. Originally from the UK, he started out at Oxford Scientific Films (OSF), then moved to Australia, but is now based in the US. David regularly shoots assignments throughout N.America and internationally.

© Mark Dawson

Course Dates

Sep 24 to Sep 30

Tuition

$1295

Class Size

14

Sponsored By

Canon

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