Past Workshop Descriptions

Visual Research for Documentaries

In a time of ever-expanding technology we’re all becoming researchers, but are you doing it well? Are you comfortable clearing rights and permissions for your documentary, film or new media project? Can you swim quickly through information overload online or are you wading in the mire? Do you understand fair use and best efforts/due diligence? Find out how to research and license stock footage, images from both vendors and free expression sources. Brief music clearances and navigation also included. Get a better understanding of rights, licensing terms and the art of negotiation to reduce costs. Discover how social media is changing the face of research and learn how to properly document your research work to mitigate legal risk.

This course is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, Producing Documentary Film, Directing Documentary Film and Documentary Film Editing 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 Instructors: Elspeth Domville & Talia Wooldridge
Category: Producing
Maximum Capacity: 15
3 hours of instruction $60 /member$85 /nonmember

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