Documentary Video Intensive


In this eight-day intensive, students are fully immersed in the process of documentary filmmaking. Working in small production teams (one instructor for every four students) led by experienced documentary filmmakers, you will be introduced to an array of tools and techniques as you collaborate with a partner to direct, shoot, edit, and screen a documentary short. By the time you arrive at the intensive, we will have arranged for you to do fieldwork in the Durham community on a documentary subject; you will then work with your partner to decide on the technical and creative approach you want to take with your project. We will also explore different documentary genres and discuss collaboration, ethics, and community outreach. Watch last year's projects here. (48 hours)

Additional information:
Cameras and all other gear will be provided. Students will shoot with Canon 70D DSLRs, and edit on desktop workstations using Adobe Premiere. No experience in video production is required.

The enrollment fee includes dinner the first night and all lunches during the week. Students are responsible for housing and transportation.

Hours for the intensive are:
Saturday, June 13: 1 p.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday–Friday, June 14–19: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, June 20: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

The intensive concludes Saturday, with a public presentation of student work at the Full Frame Theater beginning at 10:30 a.m.

See the course blog for a preliminary schedule, information on housing options, and more.


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