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New York Film Academy Documentary

Hands-on 1-Week Documentary Workshop

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Hands-on 1-Week Documentary Workshop


The One Week Documentary Workshop is an intensive program that combines in-class instruction and hands-on production workshops, where students put into practice what they learn in the classroom by creating their own short documentary film.

Students learn the fundamental tools of documentary filmmaking including Directing, Cinematography, Lighting, Sound Recording, and Editing. Students apply what they learn by creating their own two minute observational or interview-driven documentary film. Following post-production of their project, students screen their work with their classmates and instructors and engage in critiques and discussion.

During the week, students are expected to spend some evening hours planning and shooting their films.


Skills learned as a result of successful completion of this workshop include:

  • The fundamentals of developing, directing and editing a short documentary film.
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment.
  • Experience working as a director, cinematographer, sound mixer, and editor.
  • An in-depth experience working with digital video cameras and sound recording equipment.
  • Sufficient mastery of digital editing software to edit a short film.
  • Sufficient knowledge of sound design, multiple track laying, and sound mixing to complete and enhance the final documentary.
  • Knowledge of aesthetic film theory, documentary ethics, and experience with practical application of the same.

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