Video



Anytown, USA (ONLINE)
 


Anytown, USA is an advanced seminar in which each student produces and edits an eight- to twelve-minute video on a topic of their choice based in an interesting small town, village, or community. Students will be encouraged to explore genre, technique, form, and their personal artistic vision in creating their short documentary. The instructor will pre-produce a number of potential topics within the community to be profiled. While students will be encouraged to focus their films on one of the pre-produced topics, they won’t be limited to those topics—they may “find” their own documentary within the community.

We’ll start production the third week. Each week, students will review each other’s footage, story structure, and edits. At the end of the course the films will be screened in the community. Previous Anytown courses have been profiled on WUNC’s The State of Things. Last year's Anytown videos can be seen here. This class is ideal for students who have taken or are taking introductory production and editing courses and would like to apply their knowledge, or for those with basic production skills seeking more experience. Students must have access to a video camera, tripod, and a lavalier microphone. (20 hours/Advanced)

Randolph Benson is a graduate of Wake Forest University and of the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. His film Man and Dog has appeared in film festivals worldwide and has garnered numerous awards, most notably a Gold Medal in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards. His work has been featured on HBO, Bravo, the Independent Film Channel, numerous public television stations, Canal Plus–France, Telewizja Polska S.A.–Poland, and KBS-Korea. Benson received an Eastman Kodak Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Additional information:
Participants must provide their own video camera with external microphone input. Participants will be responsible for some personal costs while on location: food, lodging, travel, etc. Some videomaking experience is highly recommended.

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VI515SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Benson 3/16 - 5/4 Mo 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $300.00 View

Creating Compelling Content (Online)
 

 

This course introduces students to the audio- and video-editing tools they need to become versatile multimedia producers and to create compelling content for clients or their online portfolios. Through a series of eight sessions, students will gain rigorous practice in industry-standard software tools, namely Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. Virtual step-by-step tutorials will guide students through crafting an audio story and producing a video project made with a DSLR camera or smartphone. Through completing two multimedia lab projects as well as curating a final digital portfolio, students will learn how to keep audiences engaged by producing compelling narratives on multiple platforms, as well as what it means to tell stories with impact, intention, and authenticity.

There will be no class on 3/9/2020.



Summer Dunsmore is a documentary artist and filmmaker from San Diego, California. A recent graduate of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program at Duke University, her portfolio includes producing multimedia content for Marketplace-APM, Duke University’s Campus Center, Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke, Consequence of Sound, Project Concern International, and more. In May 2018, Summer collaborated with other video artists, performers and faculty from Duke’s SLIPPAGE! Lab on an hour-long installation utilizing audio and video documentary, performance, and live-interfacing sound technologies for Durham’s Moogfest. She is currently a videographer and video editor at Marketplace, the business and economic news program featured on NPR, as well as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.



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CONT100SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Dunsmore 2/17 - 4/13 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Documentary Film and the Spectator's Activity
 

 

This class endeavors to teach students how to maximize the punch of their documentary narratives by blending elements of both mimetic and diegetic approaches to storytelling. Relying heavily on the Constructivist theory of narration, students will also come to understand film-viewing as a dynamic psychological process. This course will provide directors and aspiring directors with the bedrock of 100 years of film theory upon which to base the critical decisions related to their film’s narrative structure. Borrowing heavily from the Russian Formalists, students will learn how concepts of schemata, hypothesizing, and withholding of story information can help elevate their documentary films from a simple, literal telling of the facts to a layered, complex narrative. Course is highly recommended for students with a documentary work already in progress or at some stage of preproduction.


Keith T. Barber is a 2016 graduate of the master of fine arts program in film & video production at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His directorial debut, “Any Given Friday,” premiered at the Reynolda Film Festival on the campus of Wake Forest University in 2010 and screened at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC. A seasoned journalist, Barber has received a number of accolades from both the North Carolina Press Association awards and the Associated Press. Barber annually screens his thesis film, “Ordinary Injustice,” for Duke Law School’s Innocence Project.



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VI170SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 001
Barber 3/19 - 4/23 Th 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $300.00 View

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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VI525SU20
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
TBD 6/13 - 6/20 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM $1,500.00 View

Introduction to Documentary Video Editing Workshop
 
How do you craft footage into a story—better yet, your story? We’ll analyze documentaries to learn basic editing conventions and study the effects of stylistic choices. Then, through in-class exercises, we will try it out for ourselves. Using Adobe Premiere, students will edit the same supplied footage to create their own take on the “same” story, which they will share with each other in class. (12 hours/Beginning)

Note: This weekend workshop is a condensed version of the full eight-week course offered in the fall. It is intended especially for students who live outside the Durham area, and while it is open to local students, it is recommended that they take the full eight-week course.

Durward Rogers is a filmmaker with an interest in scientific and technical documentaries. He started practicing film photography at the age of nine and has used Photoshop and digital cameras since they were first released. Before earning his Certificate in the Documentary Arts, he spent twenty-five years as a computer graphics engineer, working on such projects as the world’s fastest graphics supercomputer and the original Xbox. He is currently working on a film about climate change.

Additional information:
Please bring a portable hard drive.

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VI150SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 104
Rogers 4/4 - 4/5 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM $253.00 View

Lighting Workshop for Filmmakers
 

 

A workshop geared toward smartphone filmmakers, documentarians, indy directors, and students, this one-day class takes place at Horizon Productions in Durham and features instruction on lighting gear and techniques plus five workstations to try different setups and equipment. Topics may include: Sidelight, front light, and backlight; Rembrandt, paramount, shoulder, and zombie lights; ambient and natural light; one- , two- , and three-light setups; softboxes; LED panels; and lighting stands and mounts.


Includes lunch. Students should bring a tripod and camera (mobile phone, GoPro, video camera, DSLR).


Hal Goodtree is a career filmmaker who has worked with James Earl Jones, Cindy Crawford, the New York Times, and the National Football League. His work has been awarded an Emmy, a Cannes Lion, and most recently, Best Short Documentary at the Longleaf Film Festival. He has been an instructor in photography and filmmaking at the Center for Documentary Studies since 2015.



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LITFFSP20
Center for Documentary Studies
TBD
Goodtree 4/11 - 4/11 Sa 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM $160.00 View

Marketing with Documentaries (ONLINE ONLY)
 

Where documentary and business meet is an emerging genre of filmmaking—the marketing documentary. Nonprofits, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and mom-and-pop shops share the same needs: to tell compelling stories to partners, stakeholders, and clients that promote their interests. In the age of mobile and social media, businesses increasingly turn to documentarians to help them connect with audiences through the construction of compelling, informative, and artistic films—ones that simultaneously humanize the company, reinforce the brand, and create a connection. Through discussion and selected screenings, you will discover this film style and explore its variations and uses. Course topics include: thinking like a marketer, common video techniques, the line between advertising and documentary, art as a sales tool, working with brands, operating within a company review process, and practical shooting concerns. No business, marketing, or documentary experience is necessary. Added value may be gained by pairing this course with Writing the Documentary Script or Documentary and the 3-Act Structure.


Josh Dasal is an Emmy-winning film and television director-producer-writer, video marketer, and co-producer of the podcast ArtCurious. He has created/consulted for outlets like Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven, as well as producing content for businesses like IBM, ADP, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. He began teaching at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2010, and served as an instructor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Missouri State University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California< School of Cinema–TV in screenwriting, and his work has screened at venues including the Mann Theatres on Hollywood Boulevard and the Director’s Guild. He is the founder of Kaboonki, a video and podcast production firm.



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VI162SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Dasal 4/4 - 4/4 Sa 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM $160.00 View

Telling Your Story: Finding Your Place in the Documentary Tradition
 


There are an infinite number of ways to tell your nonfiction story in film. Cinéma vérité, archival footage, photography, interviews, and recreations are just a few examples. Will your film be a personal doc? A portrait? Experimental? Propaganda? We will study documentary filmmaking through the screening of films and clips, class discussions, readings, and presentations. Outside of class, each student will be encouraged to keep a film journal in response to the films screened, readings, and/or other research materials. In surveying the tradition, history, and conventions of nonfiction filmmaking, you will have a firm foundation on which to build and fulfill your documentary vision. You will also be encouraged to share ideas about your projects. (16 hours/All Levels)

Randolph Benson is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. His film Man and Dog has appeared in film festivals worldwide and has garnered numerous awards, most notably a Gold Medal in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards. His work has been featured on HBO, Bravo, the Independent Film Channel, numerous public television stations, Canal Plus–France, Telewizja Polska S.A.–Poland, and KBS-Korea. Benson received an Eastman Kodak Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

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VI112Sp20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Benson 2/18 - 4/7 Tu 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $300.00 View

Writing the Documentary Script (ONLINE ONLY)
 

Your documentary films can be scripted! A well-written script can be key to structuring your film. Structure can make not only the difference between a bad film and a good film, but between a good film and a great one. To create a documentary that’s coherent in post-production, your pre-production needs to be equally coherent. One of the best ways to organize one’s research, explore new ideas, and more accurately plan for the unexpected is to write a documentary script. In this one-day workshop, students will learn the basics of writing the documentary script, including the conceptual and practical theory behind script construction, the role of story in documentary filmmaking, and proper A/V script formatting. We’ll learn the best ways to outline scenes and analyze existing A/V scripts for production and post-production needs. And we’ll use widely available script writing software which you will then use in practical exercises that demonstrate how to translate your written documentaries from script to screen. Added value may be gained by pairing this course with Documentary and Three-Act Structure. (5 hours/All Levels)

Joshua Dasal has taught at CDS since 2010. He is an Emmy- and Silver Telly–winning director, producer, screenwriter, and video marketer. A master’s graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, he has created projects and/or consulted for Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven. He has taught filmmaking courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and Missouri State University, and his films have screened at venues like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America, and USC’s First Look Film Festival. He is the owner and chief creative officer of Kaboonki Creative, a video production and marketing firm based in Raleigh.

Additional information:
To participate from off-site, a late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully.

There will be a one-hour break for lunch.



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VI146SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Dasal 5/16 - 5/16 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $160.00 View