The Backpack Filmmaker Bootcamp series of mini-courses instruct participants on hands-on, solo documentary shooting, including: camera operation, cinematography technique, lighting, audio recording, field production and interviewing. The series is divided into three levels that are taught several times a year through Docs-in-Progress. Please see the schedule below for details.


Backpack Filmmaker Bootcamp: The Self-Sufficient Documentary Shooter

This hands-on workshop will encompass an overview of the tools used in solo documentary shooting: cinematography technique, existing light shooting and audio recording. Over the course of 2 consecutive Saturdays, participants will learn how to prepare for a shoot, the essential equipment needed for the field, safety best practices, how to adapt to difficult conditions, and how to "shoot for the editor." Time will also include a field practice exercise and group discussion of collected footage. Participants may choose to use their own cameras and equipment, but must know how to operate them prior to starting class. HD cameras will be provided by Docs in Progress for use in the workshop.

Instructor(s)
Susanne Coates & Emily Wathen
Skill Level
Beginner
Start Date
End Date
Partner Organization
Docs in Progress
Location
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100 Silver Spring, MD 20910
Schedule

Session 1: Saturday, July 14 from 12:00-4:00 pm
Session 2: Saturday, July 21 from 12:00-4:00 pm

Prerequisites

None

Backpack Filmmaking Bootcamp 2: Practical Solo Production

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Backpack Filmmaker Bootcamp 2

This course is the continuation of Backpack Filmmaker Bootcamp: The Self-Sufficient Documentary Shooter where participants were introduced to solo filmmaking basics. Over a period of eight weeks, each participant will individually pre-produce, shoot, edit and screen an early fine cut of a two to three minute documentary short. The course consists of six classroom sessions (two of which cover basic editing) separated by one or two week field work intervals during which participants will create their films. Basic post-production instruction will cover ingestion, logging, and rough cut assembly using Adobe Premiere. All participants are expected to have their own camera equipment. 

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.

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Instructor(s)
Susanne Coates & Emily Wathen
Skill Level
Intermediate
Start Date
End Date
Partner Organization
Docs In Progress
Location
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Schedule

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

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

Oct 31,  2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Nov 7, 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Nov 14, 2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Nov 28,  2018: 19:00 - 21:00

Prerequisites
  • Backpack Filmmaker Bootcamp: The Self-Sufficient Documentary Shooter or equivalent experience in field production

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

  • You must have access to Adobe Premiere Pro for editing outside of class.

  • Before the first class, each student must have at least two ideas for short films they would like to make. Students should have a half page (maximum) summary of their vision for the films to pitch to the group during the first class.