Video



Advanced Editing and Color Techniques
 


In this course we will focus on and practice film editing techniques that help keep the audience engaged, such as cutting in motion and matching in action. You will also learn how to color-correct your footage in Premiere Pro to take the aesthetics of your film to the next level. Students will be provided with appropriate footage to practice and employ these techniques. They can also use their own footage. (6 hours/Intermediate)


Naz is a filmmaker and an educator with over fourteen years of experience in film and media production. She has produced short films and documentaries for public television, nonprofit institutes, and corporate media. She had her first teaching experience when she was a graduate student in media arts at the University of Arizona. Since then, Naz has organized and taught digital storytelling and video production workshops for minority youth and community members. More recently, she taught film production, storytelling, and theory courses at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham where she was the lead faculty in the Digital Film and Video Production Program. She is currently editing her documentary, a story of loss and grief, and working on an animation script. Naz lives in Durham, collaborates with local and international filmmakers, serves in various capacities for local nonprofit organizations, and bakes lots of cookies around the holidays.



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Cinematography Previsualization for Reconstruction and Re-enactments (Online)
 

This online course is for documentarians interested in learning the process used by narrative/fiction film cinematographers and directors to create images from script to screen in order to incorporate reconstructions and re-enactments in their work. Students will adapt voiceovers and narration into a shooting script that will be used to make a shot list, a lined script, a storyboard, and blocking diagrams of actors, including production design. We will also look at different case studies in which reconstructions are employed creatively to help students find the correct balance between revealing and retaining information from the audience for maximum dramatic and cinematic impact. (16 hours / All levels)


Vishal Solanki is a Los Angeles–based cinematographer and director working in both fiction and nonfiction films. He also works as adjunct faculty for cinematography at Santa Monica College Film Program. His last documentary, Caffeinated, was distributed by Amazon Prime, among other platforms. Recent documentary credits include additional cinematography for The Advocates (LA Film Fest 2018) and Game Girls (Berlinale 2018). He has filmed PSAs of Sesame Street for HBO and PBS. Vishal is an associate of UC Berkeley’s IRP workshop and a 2019 DX Scholar at the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington, D.C. His cinematography and directing work focus on social justice stories through narrative films and documentaries.



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CIN201FA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Solanki 10/21 - 12/9 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $295.00 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 Field Production
 


This course offers students the basic skills necessary to gather footage and negotiate technical problems in the field without compromising quality. Learn how to plan and organize a project, choose the best location for a shoot, work with available light, select the right microphone for the right situation, set proper audio levels, and “shoot in sequence.” We will also discuss proper framing and composition techniques and the advantages of hand-held vs. tripod shots. (21 hours / Beginning)


Simone Keith is an educational video specialist with North Carolina State University. Her mission is to help people think visually and be intentional in using video to communicate with their audiences. Simone started her career as a broadcast news videographer and editor and has received three regional Emmy awards for her work on In the Garden with Bryce Lane. She currently teaches video production classes at the Center for Documentary Studies and collaborates with local filmmakers on various documentary projects. Simone is a native of Brazil and a chocoholic. When she is not watching a film, she spends her time gardening, traveling with her husband, and playing with her latest toy, a drone called FlyingCow.


Additional information:

Students may use any video camera available to them. However, a camera with an external microphone jack, a headphone jack, and the capacity for manual control of exposure and white balance will be ideal for this course. Video camera tripods (not photo camera tripods) are also recommended. Please contact the instructor with any questions about equipment



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VI120FA19
Center for Documentary Studies
CDS Auditorium
Keith 10/21 - 11/25 Mo 06:30 PM - 09:00 PM $365.00 View

Smartphone Filmmaking I (Online)
 


Your smartphone is the most powerful filmmaking tool on the planet. This course teaches you how to use your phone and the tools of filmmaking to tell the stories that matter to you. You’ll learn how to shoot interviews, record sound, and edit your footage on a timeline just like professional filmmakers. During this five-week online course—suitable for anyone with a smartphone and the desire to tell stories with video—you’ll learn by doing as you produce your own short project. (10 hours / All levels)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


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 Best Short Documentary at the Longleaf Film Festival. He has been an instructor at CDS since 2015.



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VI208oFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Goodtree 10/22 - 11/19 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Video Projects
 


The Audio, Photography, and Video Projects courses provide documentary artists the opportunity to work with award-winning professionals in small group settings. Each term, CDS invites three established artists to teach the Projects courses, which are designed for individuals who are working on projects in a particular medium and seeking creative guidance. The courses are designed around the specific needs of participants, who share excerpts from their works-in-progress.


Students may take the course for credit more than once. Certificate students are required to take a Projects course in their chosen concentration before enrolling in the Final Project Seminar; in this case, the objective is to emerge with a nearly finished version of their project, ready for a final polish. (12 hours / Advanced)


Jim Haverkamp is an award-winning filmmaker and editor based in Durham, North Carolina. His credits include the short films When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl, It Had Wings, and Armor of God. He has also worked as an editor on several feature documentaries, including Monster Road, Doubletime, and Rarefied. Jim has served on the selection committee and awards juries of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and he is co-organizer of Durham’s Strange Beauty Film Festival.



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VI300SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
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Haverkamp 2/4 - 3/10 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $368.00 View