The Art of the Short Documentary – P0822-17

Date: Jul 24 - 28, 2017

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Julie Winokur

With Guest Faculty Ed Kashi

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $50
Registration Fee: $45


Get a behind-the-scenes look at how to produce compelling, concise documentaries in this workshop that examines the art of the short documentary film. Most filmmakers today are learning how to tell powerful stories in as little as three to ten minutes, which is an ideal amount of time for online or for film festival submissions. Learn about thoughtful pre-production, efficient shooting, and get a grasp on story structure. Take an in-depth look at the technical and narrative challenges of creating short documentaries, and produce your own short film in this engaging and collaborative course.

Media & Techniques:

We work with video cameras or DSLRs with audio recorders, microphones, tripods and Adobe Premiere.


We begin the week by exploring story structure, interviewing techniques, video composition, shooting for narrative sequencing, audio capture and basic editing. Students work in pairs to find and document story subjects, and each team produces a short film by the end of the course.


Julie Winokur is Founding Director of Talking Eyes Media, a nonprofit production company committed to social change. Her work has appeared in Time, The Atlantic and National Geographic, as well as on PBS and Discovery, and she has produced films for the International Rescue Committee and Oxfam. Julie is currently producing a digital magazine called Newest Americans.


Salwan Georges was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and raised in Syria. He is currently a staff photojournalist at the Washington Post. Salwan’s long-term project documents the lives of Middle Eastern refugees in Michigan. His work has been published in national publications, including The New York Times, USA Today and the Washington Post.


Ed Kashi, Far From Home, Al Az'atri Refugee Camp, Jordan

Ed Kashi, Far From Home, Al Az'atri Refugee Camp, Jordan

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