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Docu Intensive


$1150 DCTV Members** // $1200 Non-Members**

Eager filmmakers, come forward for a comprehensive immersion in documentary storytelling! This in-depth workshop takes you through the pre-production, production, and post-production process. During week one, examine the documentary form by reviewing films, pitching your doc idea, creating a shot list and preparing for production. During week two, on your own time, execute your concept and shoot your footage. A complimentary one-week production equipment rental as well as instructor office hours are included. During week three, organize your footage and leave with a rough assembly or fine cut. This workshop culminates with an in-class rough cut screening and critique.

This is a Production and Post-Production workshop at the Extensions level, in which you create original work.

Topics include:

  • Documentary Form and Style
  • Storytelling Elements and Coverage
  • Writing a Treatment and Synopsis
  • Interview Questions and Scripts
  • Camera and Audio Review
  • Pre-Production
  • Organizing Footage
  • Pulling Selects
  • Post-Production Storytelling
  • Building and Refining a Rough Cut
  • Critique

Capacity: 6 students | Duration: 36 hrs (+ optional office hrs)

Prerequisite(s): Camera Fundamentals, Audio Fundamentals, and Video DSLR or equivalent experience is required. This is not a software-specific workshop. Fluency and the ability to work independently in one of the non-linear editing softwares listed in Materials below is also required.


  1. **A credit card authorization hold of up to $950 is required to check out the complimentary production equipment provided during this workshop. The hold will be released after the equipment’s return.
  2. Students must also bring their own personal hard drive to work from. We recommend it meets the following minimum criteria:
  • at least 100GB free space
  • 7200 RPM
  • Mac Compatible
  • USB3 or Thunderbolt connection (recommended), Firewire 800 (possible)

This workshop also requires that you work on your project outside of class hours. Registering for this workshop entitles you to free registration in Open Edit Hours (subject to availability. Please call Workshops at 212.966.4510 x646 to register.)

Materials: Aside from a hard drive, we provide all equipment and are committed to a 2:1 student to camera ratio. Each student will be equipped with a 27-inch iMac with 5K retina display running Avid Media Composer 2018, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018, DaVinci Resolve 15, and Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4 Personal equipment is not permitted.

Fall 2019:
Instructor: TBA

Session 1 | Mon 4/27 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 2 | Tue 4/28 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 3 | Wed 4/29 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 4 | Thu 4/30 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 5 | Sat 5/2 11:00am - 5:00pm
Production (shoot with provided gear on your own time)
Thu 4/30 - Fri 5/8
Instructor Office Hours (optional)
Wed 5/6 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Thu 5/7 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 6 | Mon 5/11 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 7 | Tue 5/12 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 8 | Wed 5/13 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 9 | Thu 5/14 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Session 10 | Sat 5/16 11:00am - 5:00pm

All DCTV Workshops have limited enrollment and require registration in advance.
By enrolling you verify you have basic Mac OS X literacy and have read and agree to the prerequisites above and our Workshops Policies.

*If registration is closed, please email workshops -at- to be added to the wait list.