Full course description
Instructor: Sara Nodjoumi
This course is for students who want to produce a feature documentary and test the waters in the industry. Students should already have a concept in development or be working on a film. The objective of the class is to learn about the doc filmmaking business by diving into all the different stages necessary to make a documentary film, except for actual production. Students can partner up or work on their own.
We use examples from students’ current work and industry professionals, apply for grants, create budgets, watch each others’ trailers and give feedback, apply to pitch forums, and pitch each other (often). Special guests will be invited to join us. The topics we’ll cover include: concept crystallization, securing a protagonist, polishing your pitch, budgeting and fundraising, pitching to broadcasters, grants, crowdfunding, equity investments, crewing up, bookkeeping basics, industry who’s who—sales agents, distributors, producer’s reps, consultants—social media and other impact campaigns, pitch forums/trailers/networking, release forms and contracts, post-production basics, festivals, and distribution. (20 hours / Beginner)
This class will meet Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30 pm ET.