Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary

February 11, 2019
Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary

Looking to take a creative vacation this summer? Apply for the SVA Summer Residency in Documentary Filmmaking! 

Spend your summer focusing on your craft and building new skills. From shooting to editing to engaging with the world of contemporary documentary film, this 16-day intensive course, June 3-18, 2019 in the heart of New York City offers a documentary masterclass from the ground up. 

The Residency is geared towards people with a wide range of experience and skills levels. No matter what your background is, SVA Summer Residency in Documentary Filmmaking can provide a fantastic space and community for you to jumpstart your creative process. 

Students will create two interview-based short documentaries during the two weeks, including a project focused on a subject/character that they choose & are in touch with prior to the start of the program. 
During the residency, the faculty will offer feedback and help students discover and facilitate creative solutions to push their work to the next level. Faculty on the Residency have included directors Deborah Dickson (Lalee's Kin; The Lost Bird Project) and Richard Hankin (HBO's The Jinx; Netflix's Dogs), editor Toby Shimin (Buck; 32 Pills); cinematographers Bob Richman (the Paradise Lost trilogy; The September Issue) and many others. 

Gain a new skillset, or hone on the skills you already have, and tap into a passionate and creative community in the documentary hub that is New York. 

During the course, you will:

- Get practical labs out in the wilds of New York City
- Receive an interview masterclass, from choosing you interview setting and where to place your subjects in relation to natural and artificial light to how to communicate with your subjects to get exactly what you need for your film
- Have access to 4K cameras, industry standard gear and editing systems
- Learn all the professional tricks of the trade: from mastering documentary sound; to filming for the editing; to how to edit with clear, creative and concise storytelling
- Screen your in-progress films and get invaluable feedback and critiques from experience filmmakers, faculty and peers. 
- Screen contemporary documentary film works and have Q&As with the filmmakers
- Broaden your network of filmmaking friends, peers and collaborators. 
- 2 undergraduate studio credits are available for completed course work

At the end of the course, we’ll celebrate with a public screening and reception where you’ll have to chance to show your best work on the big screen in front of friends and family. 

Apply for our two week documentary filmmaking intensive today! We’re accepting applications through April 1st.
Prerequisites: Fluent in Mac OS; a working knowledge of Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, or iMovie editing software; some experience in filming with any DSLR or video camera.

Don’t miss your chance to join a community of award-wining filmmakers and get your own powerful and and engaging work out into the world! 

The priority application deadline is April 1, 2019. Early application is highly recommended. More info and apply here.

Take a look for a glimpse at what’s in store:

Documentary Filmmaking Summer Intensive from SVA Summer Residency Programs on Vimeo.