Learn to become a production team of one — as the director, cinematographer, and editor of your very own documentary film. This intensive workshop will focus on digital visual storytelling with topics spanning from research and story structure to editing techniques and sound design. Using existing material from public archives and home videos together with original footage shot from the safety of home, students will apply what they learn to create a 3-5 minute documentary film. Each week, students will screen their work with their classmates and engage in guided critiques and discussion.
This camp combines scheduled real-time virtual class meetings via Zoom, asynchronous material, and independent work.
- Ages: 14–18 yrs.
- Number of weeks: 4
- Session dates: 7/13/20-8/7/20
- Meeting schedule: Meets 2x/week on M/W: 10:00 am–12:00 pm CT;
Office hours/ supervision by appointment: F: 10:00 am–3:00 pm CT;
- Tuition: $600
Over the course of four weeks, meets twice a week.
Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:00 am–12:00 pm CT
Virtual office hours / support set up
Friday - 10AM–3PM, Instructor will be available on Zoom.
Week 1: Intro to Documentary; Refine Story Ideas; Develop a Pitch
Week 2: Interview Techniques; Intro to Editing
Week 3: Find the Story in Post; Edit for Documentary
Week 4: Sound Mixing & Screenings
Smartphone or Digital Camera
Computer: Laptop or PC with
8GB RAM minimum & 16GB RAM or more recommended
External Hard Drive (optional)
Software / Apps
Nonlinear editing software. Either:
Adobe Media Encoder (optional)
Dana is an activist and documentarian, born in New York City and raised in London, England. She directed the award-winning short film AT ARM’S LENGTH, which premiered at the Longhorn Denius Showcase at SXSW ’19. Through her work, Dana explores themes of identity, migration, social justice, as well as the ethical issues at the center of non-fiction storytelling itself. She is grateful to those who share their stories and time with her.
Prior to joining the Film & Media Production MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin, Dana worked as a producer for BRIC TV, Brooklyn's public access news network, and The Washington Post's BrandStudio.