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Documentary and the Three-Act Structure

Ended May 16, 2021
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This one-day class will meet ONLINE Saturday, May 15, from 10 am - 4 pm eastern time.

Documentarians are storytellers. Telling stories that engage audiences requires understanding their needs and the tools developed over time to meet them. In this class, students will discover how to dissect narrative films for elements of a traditional three-act structure, the most common storytelling format. By learning how and why this structure type creates tightly paced Hollywood films, students will then be able to apply it to their own nonfiction work. By melding the sensibilities and conventions of documentaries with an identifiable narrative structure, students will identify ways to better present their subject matter and how to deliver commercially viable documentaries for today’s story-hungry audiences.