Online Courses



Interviewing for Story (Online)
 


Interviews form the basis of most documentary projects, and what creators are able to unearth during interviews often has a profound effect on what they’re able to produce in the end—the more fruitful the dialogue, the richer the finished product. In this course, students will learn interviewing skills, including how to research and prepare, formulate questions, and ask effective follow-ups, as well as how to transcribe and edit, figure out what the story is, and otherwise make use of the content they glean. In addition to analyzing and discussing interviews and pieces that make use of them, students will practice interviewing on their own and explore different ways of bringing the material they gather to life. By the end, students will develop—and receive feedback on—a written profile or an audio, video, or captioned-photo project that incorporates the interviews they’ve conducted. They will walk away with the skills to interview effectively and the confidence and ability to tell deeper, more compelling stories. (12 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.


Christina Cooke is associate editor at the daily food-policy website Civil Eats and a Durham-based freelance journalist who writes about people, place, and culture for venues including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Oxford American. Previously, she worked as a staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Cooke finds herself drawn to tell stories at the fringes of society, about people who are offbeat and unconventional, passionate and obsessed. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Portland State University and is a graduate of the nonfiction writing program at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies. christinacooke.com



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WR192FA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Cooke 9/26 - 11/7 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Audio Editing with Hindenburg (Online)
 


Hindenburg is an increasingly popular tool for audio producers. It’s easy to use, stable, inexpensive, and designed specifically for audio documentary, which is why it’s become the app of choice for classes and intensives at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this two-day online workshop, you’ll learn the basics of importing, editing, and exporting audio files, along with a quick primer on audio recording techniques. (6 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.


Marc Maximov is a writer, audio artist, and filmmaker. He spent many years as a sound designer with local theater companies, and has been a features writer for Indy Week. He has been involved with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival since 2001, first as a volunteer, then in the festival production department. He now serves on the Full Frame selection committee. Marc coordinated the CDS Courses continuing education program from 2012–18.



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AU113oFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Maximov 7/27 - 7/28 Sa Su 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM $175.00 View
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AU113oFA19b
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Maximov 10/12 - 10/13 Sa Su Varied $190.00 View

Building Your New Podcast (Online)
 


Instructed by the co-producer of the hit storytelling podcast, ArtCurious, this course will introduce podcast newcomers to the world of creating their own nonfiction audio shows that attract subscribers and entertain listeners. From narrative-centered series’, to interview-driven conversations, to unconventional takes on the format, the class will focus on helping to familiarize students with the podcasting universe, develop strong concepts, build episodes within that concept, and apply appropriate creative steps to tee the podcast up for success. While some technical aspects of audio production may be covered as part of the curriculum, this class is aimed primarily at uncovering the intangible aspects of creating a unique and compelling show for both broad and highly defined audiences, and the process of doing so from the ground up. Students are highly encouraged to bring samples of their work to share with the class, but no previous experience is required.


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BuildingNewPodHSU19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Dasal 7/27 - 7/27 Sa 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM $160.00 View

Documentary and the Three-Act Structure Workshop (Onsite and Online)
 

Documentarians are storytellers. Engaging audiences means developing strong narratives, clear subjects, and taking the viewer on a journey. This requires understanding the desires of a modern documentary audience and the structural tools that can help meet those needs. In this class, learn how three-act, Hollywood-style narrative structure may be applied to documentaries for maximum impact, and dissect film clips for the structure’s elements. Discover its application to your work, uncovering how to produce more resonant, more entertaining, and ultimately more memorable documentaries. Learn how structure helps you deliver more commercially viable documentaries, as well as how it can inform production concerns like budgets, timelines, and physical resources. Added value may be gained in pairing this course with Writing the Documentary Script. (6 hours / All levels)


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. Josh 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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VI152FA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Room 201
Dasal 9/7 - 9/7 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $160.00 View

Family: Reinterpreting the Personal Archive (Online)
 


So often, photo albums and other repositories of memory are tucked away in basements or drawers and remain untouched, but the web of family is and can be a rich source of inspiration and analysis for artists and documentarians. This workshop is a stepping stone for new and seasoned documentarians to embark on family investigations, while becoming exposed to makers within the realm of documentary arts. Through group discussion and individual investigation, students will utilize writing, photography, and their personal objects to creatively interpret family archives. Past students have created projects based on folklore, oral storytelling, material objects, parallel family stories, archival photographs, and migration. Students will have the opportunity to discuss ethical practice when working with family, expansive notions of family, and the role of ancestry DNA in family work. (12 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.


Kamal Badhey is an educator, photographer, and documentarian based in New York City. She is a member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective and the Urban Photographers Association. She graduated with a masters in photography and urban cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London and in museum education from Bank Street College. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York City, London, Lisbon, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Portals and Passageways, a project of the South Asian diaspora traces her jeweler ancestors to a bazaar in Secunderabad, India. Kamal was a CDS Lewis Hine Fellow in 2016–17 and is currently a fellow for the Claremont Documentary Project. She is an educator at the Bronx Documentary Center and Parsons School of Design.


There will be no class on November 28 (Thanksgiving.)



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ST235oSP19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Badhey 10/24 - 12/5 Th 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $290.00 View

Final Project Seminar in Documentary Studies (Online)
 

This seminar is organized around group discussions of student projects, including how best to complete those projects, along with guided planning on how best to present the works to their intended audiences. Certificate students who have met all other requirements and have done substantial work toward their intended final projects may request admission to the course. Participants who successfully complete their projects during this course will be awarded the Certificate in Documentary Arts.


Students must declare their intention to enroll at the beginning of the term. Before enrolling in this class, students must complete a Projects course in the medium of their choice—Audio, Photography, or Video (an independent study will be arranged for students working in other media). Please contact CDS Courses (continuing education) director April Walton ([email protected]) if you plan to enroll. On Friday, December 6, students will share their work with a public audience at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. (12 hours / Advanced)


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.


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 at CDS, Durward 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.



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ST525oFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Rogers 10/28 - 12/2 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $290.00 View

Introduction to Documentary Studies: Traditions (Online)
 



This course is designed for students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program or those who plan to enroll; it’s also suited to non-certificate students with a general interest in interdisciplinary traditions of documentary work, with an emphasis on twentieth-century practice. Students will be introduced to a range of documentary idioms and voices, including the work of photographers, filmmakers, oral historians, folklorists, musicologists, radio documentarians, and writers. (16 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.


Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s continuing education program for more than a decade. joysalyers.com



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ST101ToFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Salyers 9/12 - 10/17 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $295.00 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