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Making a Short Documentary

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Final Thoughts

Ed Kashi, Julie Winokur

Making a Short Documentary

Ed Kashi, Julie Winokur

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Lesson Info

35. Final Thoughts
Ed and Julie talk about why they work on documentaries and provide some filmmaker inspiration.

Lessons

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1 Class Introduction Duration:13:55
7 Turn Failures Into Lessons Duration:13:46
8 Finding Your Subjects Duration:15:07
9 What is Your Motivation? Duration:02:10
11 Client Work Vs Legacy Work Duration:17:51
12 Translate the Idea to Reality Duration:16:25
14 Pre-Production Plan Duration:09:32
15 You Just Have to Dive In Duration:30:40
16 Time & Cost for Projects Duration:28:21
17 Writing a Strong Pitch Duration:11:38
18 Develop a Fundraising Trailer Duration:12:28
19 Identify & Approach Partners Duration:06:35
20 Define Your Desired Impact Duration:21:21
22 Shoot: Interview Set Up Duration:34:38
23 Shoot: The Interview Duration:32:08
24 Different Types of Interviews Duration:13:35
25 Shoot: Capturing B-Roll Duration:21:54
26 Shoot: Detail Shots Duration:18:09
27 Shoot: Capturing a Scene Duration:27:02
28 Shoot: A Set Up Shot Duration:24:03
31 Use Audio to Guide Narrative Duration:09:33
33 Building Scenes in Your Edit Duration:03:41
35 Final Thoughts Duration:03:01

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

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Figure out what your story is and create a story arc or narrative.
  • Perform extensive research and gather background information.
  • Prepare for, conduct, and edit an interview.
  • Use B-roll footage to round out your story.
  • Master the post-production process and create a polished finished piece.
  • Find partners and funders through pitching and trailers.

ABOUT ED AND JULIE’S CLASS:

Documentary film is an incredibly powerful way to tell a story, but it can also be a daunting project to undertake. How do you figure out your story, theme, and vision? What’s the best way to interact with your subject? What about all the technical aspects—from lighting to audio to editing? And of course, how will you get the funds to complete your film?

If all these uncertainties are causing you to rethink your idea of making documentaries, then this class is a must for you. Award winning documentarians and photojournalists Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur will give you all the information and inspiration you need to tackle your project and see it through to the finish.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify a great subject and define your vision.
  • Research your subject thoroughly and find other work that’s been done on it.
  • Choose and gather the equipment you’ll need.
  • Prepare for your interview, including formulating the right questions.
  • Conduct an interview, including setting up your lights and capturing the audio.
  • Create a post-production workflow.
  • Write a compelling pitch and create a trailer to gain funding and support.
  • Generate a variety of end products, including videos for social media and still photos.

Whether you’re looking to create shareable videos on social platforms or hoping to gather funding to produce a bigger project, this class will help you simplify the process and begin creating documentaries for clients or to fulfill your own artistic vision.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Photojournalists and photographers wanting to get into video to expand their capabilities and explore new ways of telling stories.
  • Budding filmmakers who need the knowledge and inspiration to get started on their project.
  • Those who want more technical information and skills on how to develop and produce video and film

Reviews

Elisa Correa
 

wow, wow, wow! what a amazing course! I learned so much, I was inspired so much... congratulations, Julia and Ed, you are excellent teachers and do a really wonderful and powerful work. thank you!

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!