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Documentary Filmmaking for the Writer

Interested in producing your own documentary? Combine your fantastic ideas with creative writing skills as you identify the roles and talents required to succeed as an independent filmmaker. Build hands-on experience with the critical elements of developing and writing a proposal, including the synopsis, treatment, pitch, and top budget sheet. Students will also explore various film types, analyze funding sources, and create a plan to begin shooting sample documentary-style interviews.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between documentary and narrative films
  • Create strong ideas for your documentary film
  • Develop plan to produce your documentary film
  • Apply creative writing skills for documentary synopsis, treatment, and grant proposals
  • Analyze documentary films and funding
  • Present strong verbal and written pitches