Past Workshop Descriptions

Visual Research for Documentaries

Are you thinking of an idea or project that would involve using archival or historical materials? Or perhaps you need stock footage to add visual impact to a film or docuseries? 'Visual Research for Documentaries' is an introduction to dealing with archival images: where to start, how to obtain good quality materials, and how to deal with copyright. It’s about finding the best images –content that enhances your narrative –, and also making sure that your distribution plans are not affected by the use of unauthorized materials. We’ll provide an introduction to best practices, Canadian and International legislation, media industry standards, online resources, and criteria for deciding when to hire a specialist.

This course is recommended as a companion to the Developing a Documentary With Social Impact workshop.

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 Instructors: Elspeth Domville, Talia Wooldridge & Juan Andrés Bello
Category: Producing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$105 /member$130 /nonmember

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