Backpack Filmmaking Bootcamp 2 is the continuation of the first course where participants were introduced to solo filmmaking basics. In this 4-week course, each participant will individually pre-produce, shoot, edit and screen an early fine cut of a two to three minute documentary short. All participants MUST have their own camera equipment, and access to editing software for editing outside of class. Please see the prerequisites for details before registering.



This workshop is aimed at those who desire to further increase their solo documentary filmmaking skills while building their filmmaking portfolio.

Due to the intensive nature of this course, class size will be limited to 8 students.



Photo of Susanne CoatesSusanne Coates is a cinematographer, video editor, web developer and active, independent filmmaker in the Washington, DC metro area. She has over 15 years of multimedia experience and over 10 years of experience creating video and web assets for clients. She is currently a Senior Web Developer and Multimedia Specialist at the University of Maryland.

Website: Twitter: @susannecoates

Photo of Emily WathenEmily Wathen is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and visual journalist. Emily specializes in crafting precise images and utilizing digital tools for effective storytelling. A graduate of Syracuse University and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Emily has a background in filmmaking, art and transmedia. Emily currently works as a Digital Journalist at the Environmental Working Group in Washington, DC.

Website:   Twitter: @emilywathen

Susanne Coates & Emily Wathen
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801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Oct 10, 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Oct 17, 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Oct 24, 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Oct 31,  2018: 19:00 - 21:00

  • Backpack Filmmaking Bootcamp 1 or equivalent experience in field production.

  • You must have your own camera and equipment for this class.

  • You must have personal access to- and know how to use- editing software. How to use editing software will not be covered in this class.