Camera, Sound & Budgeting Weekend workshops

September 19, 2019
Camera, Sound & Budgeting Weekend workshops
Thinking of trying out SocDoc, or just getting a brush-up on your skills? We've got three workshops coming up in October and November! From a one-person crew intensive, to a sound workshop, to doc budgeting, these classes will give you a whole host of new skills to take out into the big, wide doc world. Whatever your experience, these small classes provide targeted and hands-on approaches to documentary practices, customized to your skill level. Register soon to ensure your spot! Discounts available for SVA Alumni and for the military veterans.

Documentary Sound Workshop  
October 26-27
Instructor: JT Takagi, Sound Recordist (Strong Island, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution)
An introductory workshop on sound recording for film/video production. It will cover the how and why of sound, acoustics and human hearing, microphone types, recorders and mixers. We'll discuss how documentary and dramatic sound is recorded, and cover the "must have" gear. Students will be introduced to boom operation, using lavaliers and wireless microphones, and best practices. The workshop will involve a great deal of hands-on activity using industry standard sound equipment, including the Zoom Recorder and 633 mixer, as well as HD camera gear. Students will come away with an understanding of the field, as well as the skills and techniques to apply to film productions, podcasts, music, and other audio work.

Documentary Film Budgeting
Two Saturdays: November 2 and November 9
Instructor: Julie Anderson
The budget documents what kind of story you will tell, the crew you plan to use, what equipment you've selected, and if there will be travel, archival material, original music, and/or special effects. In this workshop, you will create three budgets for one project: high, medium and low cost. Using your own film, or a film treatment provided, we will address where numbers can be trimmed and where to target for additional funds. This workshop is ideal for emerging filmmakers, those preparing to apply for grants and other support for a film project.

Register for these classes at the links above. Get in touch with any questions about the workshops.

Summer 2020
Documentary Filmmaking Summer Intensive
Monday-Friday,  June 1-16, 2020
undergraduate studio credits available
This residency offers participants an opportunity to sharpen their documentary directing skills, learn professional techniques for camera, lighting and sound, and better understand the mechanics of editing a scene for the greatest impact. Participants create two interview-based short documentaries during the program, challenging themselves to conduct thoughtful, evocative interviews, and to work quickly, giving their skills a turbo charge. Workshops with filmmakers working at the top of the documentary field and hands-on labs on the streets of the city complement independent work. Applications open in early Spring 2020.

past workshops: 
Documentary Filmmaking Intensive: The One-Person Crew
October 5-6
Instructors: Erik Spink and Amitabh Joshi (filmmakers, Tashi's Turbine)
This class explores cinematography, sound and the cinematic language, and gives hands-on access to the current technology used in creating documentary film. Students will learn the principles of photography, exposure and composition; receive an introduction to documentary lighting and sound techniques; and participate in group exercises that focus on using camera and sound collaboratively. Students will complete the workshop with improved camera and sound skills that can be applied to their own films and future jobs.