Final Thoughts


Making a Short Documentary


Lesson Info

Final Thoughts

You said that a great closing question was why do you do what you do? So, why do you do what you do? I feel passionate about this and I also feel like I found my calling when I realized that I could story tell in service to making things better than when I found them. I'm very mission driven, because I am really clear that I'm not a filmmaker just because I want to get awards or that I want to get to Sundance. I'd like to get to Sundance someday. But I am so clear that I, deploying the skills that come naturally to me in service to social change so I am empowered by that and I'm passionate about that. So if I weren't doing this, I missed my calling, I should have been a surgeon. 'Cause I really want to come back in the next life and do that thing. I just like, I so want to operate on people. This sounds crazy. But I do, I really want to operate and I want to save lives. Really save lives, but because I can't do that I'm gonna kinda do this creative effort in service to people who do ...

save lives you know. Well for me, I wanted to be a story teller from the time I was about 16 years old when I discovered literature. And so 40 years onwards this idea of short documentary filmmaking is the newest or latest manifestation of that desire and similar to Julie, it's not just about story telling but it's story telling with a purpose. And so this is, short documentary filmmaking is one of the mediums right now in which to express this passion and this goal of mine. Which is to try and make the world a better place by creating understanding, exposing stories that maybe you haven't heard about and aligning my work to issues that I believe good media can help improve the situation of. Do it, do it. Go forth and expsoe. If we can do it, you can do it right. (laughing) And don't be afraid. Don't let fear stop you. Alright, there is no failure in this. The failure is in not trying. Yep.

Class Description

There are stories happening around you all the time. How do you capture them and turn them into something meaningful to share with the world? Award winning documentarians and photojournalists Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur join CreativeLive to break down the technical and creative choices that go into crafting a short documentary. Whether you’re looking to create shareable videos on social platforms or hoping to gather funding for a more long term project, this class will be your quick guide into making great stories. Together they’ll show you:

  • How to “mine” for your story - what is worth pursuing?
  • How to get started translating your idea into reality
  • How to research your subject and optimize your shooting schedule
  • Funding support and techniques from writing pitches to reaching out to partners
  • Production logistics to get you moving, including gear choices, audio musts, and approaching people to be in your project
  • Interview tactics and b-roll coverage
  • Post production workflows to create a polished piece
  • How to generate multiple end products like trailers, social media videos, and even still photos
The only thing standing between you and telling a story through video is the knowledge to get there. Join Ed and Julie as they simplify the process and help you to begin creating mini-documentaries for clients or even just for yourself.


a Creativelive Student

OUSTANDIING COURSE, congratulations creative live for bring Julie and Ed in teach about documentary filmmaking. I have watched and bought a fair few courses on this subject and not one of them comes close to this. You can see the amount of work Julie and Ed have done to make this course amazing. The best bits for me are the real teaching opportunities when Ed and Julie are making their violin documentary. I have never seen this before in any course. Thanks Ed and Julie for an amazing course and letting us see inside there work that you do and sharing all your experience with us. I've never really written any feedback for most courses, so this must be a good one :)

a Creativelive Student

Ed & Julie provide so much insight & knowledge into the documentary making process. This is a high-level class that gives you a wonderful overview of what goes into making a powerful and interesting documentary film. It was so helpful to watch them work on an actual short film from start to finish, and to hear their workflow. You'll need to learn the technical nitty gritty elsewhere, but this course will help you dive into how to tell stories on video. I particularly loved the segment on doing interviews, and Julie is an absolute pro at this! Also really nice to see Ed & Julie working/teaching together and how their different skills complement each other. It was a pleasure to learn from them!

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Great class! I pre-purchased it and I'm glad I did. Great information, great pieces of work shared, and I especially liked how they showed from start to finish the piece "Resonant" . which I enjoyed watching. I'm a professional photographer (since 1985) who has for the last five years been transitioning in film making and I got some great tips from watching this.