Course Description

In this comprehensive course, students will learn the various aspects of creating a professional documentary film, from concept to finished piece. We will cover creating your story ideas, researching your subject, and creating a budget and shooting schedule. We will also cover the process of crafting an interview, writing a script, assembling your footage and interviews, along with creative style, the goal of the story, copyright usage, promotion, deliverables and distribution.

Learner Outcomes

The objective of this course is to gain effective knowledge and critical appreciation of what is required to create a professional documentary film. Supporting materials, such as documentary films and television programs, will be utilized to develop a high level of film appreciation. Students should finish the class with a new understanding of filming techniques and professional documentary producing. Participants will also develop an understanding of what it takes to get a documentary released.

This course covers the following subjects:

  • Documentary film theory
  • Subject research
  • Creating a documentary concept
  • Documentary budgeting
  • Production scheduling
  • Producing an interview
  • Script writing
  • Style creation and story crafting
  • Post-production organization
  • Post-production technical finishing
  • Legal questions
  • Promotion, deliverables and distribution

The class will be taught by two professional documentary filmmakers with decades of experience, in an environment allowing for open discussion.

Students will have the option to pitch a documentary project of their own, receiving notes and suggestions from the instructors.


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Section Title
Making a Documentary
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Oct 14, 2021 to Nov 04, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Virtual Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $299.00