What does it take to become an excellent documentary lmmaker in the digital age? How to create unparalleled storytelling that stands out on the internet and provokes inspiration and debate? How to start and develop a successful career as a documentary lmmaker or use the genre to better engage an audience whom you value the most?
The course offers comprehensive guide and hands-on practice, from idea development, storytelling skills, technical training in camera, sound and editing techniques, to production management, funding opportunity and marketing strategies.
It is open to anyone who already has basic understanding of moving images and a passion for creating innovative storytelling. Award-win- ning documentary lmmaker and media artist Xiaowen Zhu will help to take you to the next level.
Xiaowen Zhu is a mentor of the BFI Film Academy and a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. She was a visiting professor of Film and Media Art at Marymount College, Los Angeles and an adjunct professor of Art Video at Syracuse University, New York. Her work has been widely shown in over 90 festivals and institutions around the world. She has delivered presentations and workshops at numerous conferences and panels.
The course features:
What is documentary film?
A brief history of documentary film
- Making Documentary
Concept, character, location, story
Innovative and effective storytelling
- Technical Training
How to use DSLR camera
Sound recording Interview skills
Colour and sound design
Schedule and deadlines
Who’s your target audience and how to reach them?
Film festivals and broadcasting resources
Online community and blogs
How to make it happen?
Resources and tips