This one-week workshop is for independent filmmakers, PBS, cable, business and network producers, historians and researchers, who want to improve their skill in developing and making professional long and short documentaries for television, the web and business. The class includes hands on experience in interviewing, lighting, pitching, editing, backdrops, locations and more.  We screen and critique a diverse variety of documentary work for style, content, point-of-view, and production values.

The workshop covers funding, producing, directing, editing, copyright, archives, rights, research methods, budgets, story structure, interviewing, music, distribution, and how to position a project for national broadcast, foreign sales and internet distribution. Students have the opportunity to research local stories, shoot interviews, and edit a short segment for presentation and critique.  Students may also bring their previously produced work for review. 

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging is $125

".......I picked the workshop because it sounded right for me and what I wanted to accomplish, it was indeed right, and went far beyond my expectations. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated your skill, your depth of knowledge, your experience, your teaching style….and your wicked sense of humor............." Gillian Martlew

Instructors

Lawrence Hott

Lawrence R. Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films.  His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, the Erik Barnouw Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride, and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals.  

Hott was the Fulbright Fellow in Film and Television in the United Kingdom in 1994.  He received the Humanities Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities in 1995; a Massachusetts Cultural Council/Boston Film and Video Foundation Fellowship in 2001; and the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2001.  He has been on the board of non-fiction writers at Smith College and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.  In 2009, 2010, and 2012 Hott presented his films in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Algeria as part of the American Documentary Showcase, a program of the US Department of State. In 2015 he was a Fulbright Specialist in Vietnam teaching documentary in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. Hott currently teaches documentary production for the University Without Walls degree program for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences.

His recent films for national PBS broadcast include Through Deaf Eyes, American Masters John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature, Niagara Falls, The Return of the Cuyahoga, Imagining Robert, The War of 1812, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America and Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi: The Revitalization of the Lakota Language.

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Course Dates

Mar 4 to Mar 10

Levels

Tuition

$1250

Class Size

14