Starts July 16
9 sessions: Mondays, July 16–September 17 (no class September 3), 6:30–9:30 pm
This course provides an excellent opportunity to prepare for making your own short- or long-form documentary film and is designed for students with basic video production experience. The class will work as a production team to produce a documentary short about Javier Morillo-Alicea, a labor leader, activist, podcaster, writer, and storyteller based in the Twin Cities. Students learn various documentary production styles and approaches, with five sessions dedicated to planning and production, and four to post-production.
The class tackles real-life documentary challenges while we explore the best audio/video solutions for any budget size in various shooting conditions/locations. In post we’ll cover basic documentary editing techniques (e.g., applying the Ken Burns effect to photos). Throughout the process, students experience the elements of documentary preparation: research, treatment, shooting plan, video and audio fundamentals, interview techniques, editing choices, and ethical and legal consideration. Students may bring in their own works-in-progress for feedback, but our focus will be on the group documentary short about Javier Morillo-Alicea. Students may also have the option of participating in additional shoots (scheduled outside of class) to augment the group project. For the final four sessions bring a hard drive or 32GB USB flash drive, plus headphones or earbuds.
Tuition: $370 regular/$280 member/$210 low-income
Pam Colby has worked in television and film for over thirty years, recently producing and directing a feature-length documentary, Not in My Lifetime, which explores the impact of marriage equality legislation on artists, activists, and politicians. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and was named Best of the Fest. Her credits include narrative and documentary work: Writer/Director, Freedom’s Price (1984); Writer/Director, Speak Truth to Power, A Portrait of Polly Mann (1994); Producer, The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall (2002); Producer, Wellstone! (2004); Producer/Director, Fertile Ashes (2011); Producer/Director, Secrets for Mom (2013); Editor/Assistant Director, Angels Alleluia (2014); Director, Carl Eller: The Hunt for Self Expression (2017). Pam’s love of storytelling led her to the Moth Storytelling Competition where her GrandSLAM-winning story was featured on National Public Radio. Pam works as a freelance producer and director, and has taught both narrative and documentary classes at FilmNorth since 2013.
Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy
- Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full to be valid. Registrations are accepted beyond registration deadlines as long as space is available.
- If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 5 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund by PayPal (online registrations, minus PayPal fee) or credit/debit card (phone or in person credit/debit card registrations) within 5 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class if scheduled in the same calendar year.
- For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (plus PayPal fee if applicable). For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee (plus PayPal fee if applicable). As of a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given.
- Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.