Documentary Filmmaking – Telling a Personal Story

Online Camp

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.

Register by July 5

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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


Scheduled Meetings:

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.

Camp overview:

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

What you'll need at home


  • Smartphone or Digital Camera

  • Computer: Laptop or PC with

    • 8GB RAM minimum & 16GB RAM or more recommended

    • Wi-Fi

    • Web cam

    • Microphone

  • External Hard Drive (optional)

  • Tripod (optional)

Software / Apps

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.