Past Workshop Descriptions

Producing Documentary Film

This two-evening workshop with case studies, explore producing in a COVID 19 environment and takes participants through the various stages of producing documentary, from concept to development and financing thru production, post-production, delivery and marketing your project. Participants will discuss the proposal, the documentary treatment, ownership and rights, story capture work-plan, production & post production: budget, clearances, production surety insurance, the importance of transcription in the editing process, and the crucial relationship between producer and director. This lecture-based workshop also provides an overview of the financing landscape for factual programming, big or low budget, in today’s multi-platform environment and diminishing box office access.

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, The Art of the Interview, Documentary Film Editing and Directing Documentary Film workshops.​

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

Past Instructor: Marva Ollivierre
Category: Producing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$105 /member$130 /nonmember

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