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Expanding Your Documentary
Adult Continuing Education
Even if the footage itself is unscripted, non-fiction filmmaking requires its own form of “writing,” one that more often involves clips on a timeline than words on the page. Mastering this phase of documentary post-production, in which the filmmaker distills a coherent story from a vast pool of information, is crucial for tackling more ambitious projects and building broader audiences.
Using provided interview and vérité footage, students in this class will learn practical methods for building narrative structure in non-fiction film, identifying the compelling characters and dramatic conflict from the available truth, and honing their storytelling skills in preparation for their own independent projects. Basic knowledge of Adobe Premiere is required.