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Learn technical and production aspects of producing a true-crime documentary from beginning to the final edit, and write a treatment for your film or series. 


Get immersed into the popular genre of true-crime documentaries  and understand different themes, styles and creative approaches. Students will apply this knowledge in the development of their own projects. 


Through the course, we break-down popular true-crime documentaries and analyze their story structure, character development and approach. Examine case studies, production challenges, interview techniques, and how to develop trust with the criminals, accused, and people involved in the case. Learn how to write a treatment and how to approach the technical and production aspects of producing a true-crime documentary.


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.


At the end of the course, the student will gain the knowledge necessary to produce a treatment for a strong, cohesive true-crime documentary.






*Image above: Frame from The Hydra, by Ram Devineni. Courtesy of Rattapallax Films. 


  • Online LIVE class meets Mondays

    6 PM U.S. Pacific Day Time (PDT)

    9 PM U.S. Eastern Day 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: New York City, NY.

    Language: English. 


    Certificate issued by IAFA upon completion of the course.