Documentary Field Production

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

A crash course for independent directors and cinematographers shooting documentary. In this intensive one-day workshop participants learn the basics of catching the moment on camera with limited resources. In this hands-on workshop, participants will use LIFT’s HD field packages to learn the basics of camera operation and sound for documentary projects. Topics include: planning a production, preparing equipment, how things run with a small crew and working with documentary subjects.

The Camera Theory, Location Sound Recording and Cinematography Fundamentals workshops or equivalent experience are strongly recommended as prerequisites.



James Buffin is a filmmaker with over 27 years experience working on movies, TV shows, commercials, music videos and documentaries shooting across North and South America, Asia and the South Pacific. The theme of his work is disaster/recovery, both environmental and personal. Current projects include a feature length documentary about adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Picking Trauma’s Pocket. His last film Jingle Dress – First Dance screened three times at the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in Edmonton and is now used extensively in education circles. James is a contributing editor at POV Magazine and former board member of DOC Toronto. As well as teaching privately, he has instructed at LIFT, Planet In Focus, Workman Arts, Vistek, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Ryerson University.