Making a Short Documentary


Making a Short Documentary


Lesson Info

What is Your Motivation?

What is your motivation? And this is something that, I mean, it's another way of saying, finding your passion. You know, finding the story that finds you. It's what motivates you to tell that story. And for us, I think for all of us, it's a, you know, there's a sort of big set of criteria that really fulfill that. But whether it is because you have an issue you wanna talk about, whether because there's a character or someone you want to profile, you know? It could be about a place. You know? There's so many different ways to find that motivation. And think also about, you know, why are you telling this story? So if you are telling this story because you want a problem resolved, you know, then it should inform the story you tell, but it should also inform the partners you choose, or find. It should inform the products you're trying to create. So back to this question of is it a three minute, a five minute, a 10, an hour? Some of that should also be dictated by what do I hope to accomp...

lish with this film? So I do think you need to kind of dig down in your soul sometimes, and be honest too, 'cause if you wanna do it just because you think it's kinda cool, that's okay too, but just to kind of understand why. 'Cause if you can, you know, have that really honest conversation with yourself, it will also shape the path you take with the film. Obviously, if you're doing it for a client, then you have a very clear why. And then you've got to shape that film to satisfy a client's needs and it'll be clear how long it should be, what message it has to have, what tone it needs to take, who the voices are that will be in your film.

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.