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.

NOTE: There will be NO CLASS on Thursday, October 31.


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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WR192SP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Cooke 2/20 - 4/2 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 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

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) interim director Rahi Hasan ([email protected]) if you plan to enroll. On Wednesday, June 3rd, 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.


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.



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ST525oSP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Benson 4/15 - 5/20 We 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $300.00 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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ST101ToSP20B
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Salyers 5/23 - 5/31 Sa Su 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM $295.00 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

The Nonfiction Story: Beginning to End (Online)
 


This class explores the rudiments of documentary storytelling, with the goal of taking you from the stage of having an idea to crafting something presentable and publishable. Since all narrative possesses the same formal characteristics regardless of genre, we will study examples of film and audio documentary as well as writing, covering such topics as how to utilize interview testimony; introducing character; foreshadowing; planting a hook; exposition; surface text versus subtext; the problem of pacing; endings and resolution; and revision. The instructor closely monitors your progress and drafts, making sure that by the end of the eighth week your piece is done. Syllabus includes readings by Toni Morrison and Colson Whitehead; episodes from the Criminal and Home of the Brave podcasts; and films by Barbara Kopple and Raoul Peck. (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.

Benjamin Hedin is a Grammy-nominated film producer and the author of In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now. He also edited one of the most widely respected anthologies of music writing, Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader. His work has been published by the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Nation, the Oxford American, the Chicago Tribune, Poets and Writers, and more.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. 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 in virtual meetings.

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WR213oSP20
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Hedin 4/1 - 5/20 We 07:00 PM - 09:00 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