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Documentary Production

April 11, 2018 — June 6, 2018

Wednesdays | 6:00-9:00 p.m. | 9 Sessions

Instructor: Beth Federici

Location: Classes & Admin Offices


Get your cause, concern, and/or fascination out into the media universe. This introductory class explores how to plan and shoot footage for no/low budget documentaries. The emphasis is on documentary as a form of character-driven storytelling. What person or object can be used to develop a narrative thread on a particular issue or point of view? How can the stories and voices of real life people help connect audiences to larger issues and universal meanings? In-class presentations, demos, and hands-on exercises will help students prepare to interview and gather background footage for a selected character(s) outside of class. The goal is for you to create 30-60 minutes of engaging footage of your character, and for you to have the confidence to continue to shoot on your own after the class ends.


Styles of documentary (expository, poetic, observational, interactive, and reflexive)

Attributes of an interesting documentary character

Researching characters and preparing for an interview

Scheduling and budgeting

Forming interview questions

Camera operation and lighting techniques

How to record good audio

Assessing your footage as shooting progresses

Sourcing and shooting effective B-roll

Planning for narration (if you need it)

Being in touch with your central story as it evolves

Connecting with your intended audience during production

Get instructor guidance and feedback for your ideas and footage


Tuition includes needed camera, audio and lighting equipment.


Pre-requisites: None