Documentary Bootcamp – 1 week intensive filmmaking course

Course Description:

Documentary Bootcamp is a one-week, immersive, hands-on learning experience covering the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking from pre- to post-production.

Participants will learn storytelling principles, the aesthetic and technical skills for moving-image and sound recording, pre-prod and post-prod scripting, interviewing, project management and editing. Knowledge and skills will be developed through presentations, discussions, at-home or in-community exercises and reviews.

Participants will use the production equipment available to them in their home environments – whether it be phones or more advanced video cameras and DSLRs. Students will be expected to know their equipment’s basic functionality.

Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 will be used for editing and students will need to download and setup it up on their computers in advance of the class. (Adobe student and teacher 7-day free trial) Familiarity with computers is required. It is highly recommended that students have an external hard drive to store and edit their media.


Class schedule: January 4-8, 2021, Online
Overview: Monday-Friday: 9am-4:30pm; Thursday: Optional editing lab until 8:30pm

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Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm, students meet together with the instructor. 1:00-4:30pm students work independently on exercises. Instructor available until 4:30pm.

Thursday the instructor will be available for an optional, but highly recommended, editing lab until 8:30pm.

Friday, 9am-4:30pm. Students work throughout the day on their edits, meeting together with the instructor and working independently, until the final review, 3:30-4:30pm.

$995 – REGISTER at MassArt Continuing Education

Please be in touch with any questions: michael [at] sheridanworks [dot] com