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Immerse yourself in the language, art and technique of Documentary Filmmaking, and develop projects from script to the final cut.


What defining attributes does documentary film have? How does observing a subject affect that subject? How are new narrative structures created from interview? How can the cinematography of an interview tell the audience where to look as well as how to look? How can a documentary communicate senses other than sight and sound? How is the documentary format able to uniquely create new meaning from context?


These and other fundamental questions will be explored in this hands on documentary course. Along with theory and analyzes of documentaries, every class will propose a practical exercise following different stages of the filmmaking process: project development, shooting and editing.


Practical assignments include methods for setting up (light, audio, blocking, backgrounds, context), conducting, shooting and editing audio-only and on-camera interviews; capturing the essence of locations; writing and recording voiceover; writing a proposal.


The highlight of each week is a 1-hour class taught LIVE, where you can interact directly with the instructor and other classmates. You can also access recorded files of the classes and supporting materials at any time during the course. After each class, the students work on assignments and practical exercises, and receive feedback from the instructor. At the end of the course, you will have developed your own project.


  • Online LIVE class meets on Mondays

    6 PM U.S. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

    9 PM U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


    *If you miss the real-time, LIVE class, you can access the recorded version of the class, as well as supporting materials, any time during the course.


    Class size limited to 20 students.

    Instructor's location: Portland, OR.

    Language: English.


    Certificate issued by IAFA upon completion of the course.