If you’ve ever wanted to make a documentary and didn’t know where to start, or if you’ve made a documentary and want to take your craft to the next level, this class is for you. This hands-on workshop will teach you the practical skills you need to tell great non-fiction stories. This interactive class focuses on three core skills for making great documentaries: how to film compelling interviews, how to shoot or find effective b-roll footage and how to edit your film. You will film and edit a short film the first day of class. You’ll master these skills by teaming up with your classmates to interview one another and shoot verité scenes around Manchester. Then you will be ready to work on your own personal documentary. You will learn how to get great shots with even the most basic camera. (If you do not have a camera, one will be provided for you.) The goals are to become better filmmakers, storytellers and more knowledgeable and critical viewers of the documentary form.
Class will meet on Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25.
Bill Muench is a cinematography teacher at Burr and Burton Academy. He has created short documentaries including Behind the Mask, What Really Matters, and Voices of Vermont. He has also produced two feature length films, Sea Bright Rising, and the soon to be released The Artist and the Astronaut.