Past Workshop Descriptions

Directing Documentary Film

This lecture-based course provides a basic overview from the documentary director’s point of view, guiding participants through the entire process of documentary filmmaking from development to delivery. Participants are given time to discuss proposals, scripts and basic elements of documentary expression, such as interviewing, mise-en-scène, shooting on the fly, and planning for anticipated locations. The course will conclude with a brief overview of the various sources of funding for low-budget documentary in Canada. 

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking and Camera Theory workshops are recommended as prerequisites. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, The Art of the Interview, Documentary Film Editing and Producing Documentary Film workshops.​

Past Instructors: Zaheed Mawani, Juan Baquero, Aeyliya Husain & Lia Tarachansky
Location: In Person
Category: Directing
Maximum Capacity: 10
8 hours of instruction in 2 parts$125 /member$150 /nonmember

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