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Intro to Independent documentary filmmaking

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June 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

This workshop will be an introduction to independent documentary filmmaking with an emphasis on how to create a documentary with a very small team and an even smaller budget! We will explore the basics in how to take the first steps into creating a documentary from researching, crafting your narrative, preparing interviews, budgeting, choosing gear, and editing. Students should come prepared to workshop their documentary film ideas as the coursework will help students get started on their films. Additionally, the workshop will center the ethics of documentary filmmaking.

Bianca’s work synthesizes filmmaking and activism. She has produced documentaries and videos for political campaigns, grassroots activist organizations, museums, universities, and non-profit organizations. She has directed and produced two documentaries on the refugee crisis in Europe, “Studio Series: Lesvos”, and “View(points) 360”. She currently works at The New School as a digital content producer.

Bianca earned her Master’s Degree in International Affairs, with a concentration in Media and Culture, at The New School where she studied media ethics and media representation. She believes in the power of storytelling to create a more inclusive and just world.

A vintage handicam that has been lovingly crafted out of play dough sits next to the title text.

Course Outline

  • June 9th – Research & Ethics: How to Get Started on Your Documentary
  • June 16th – Storytelling: Crafting your narrative through visuals
  • June 23rd – The Technicalities: budgeting, gear, and editing basics 


Zoom Account (register for the free account here).

Link for the virtual classroom will be sent to participants on the day prior to the workshop.

Participants should also submit a brief description, notes or an outline of their documentary project (1pg. max) by the registration deadline. Please email your project to access@digitalartsresourcecentre.ca.

PWYC Pricing

This workshop is PWYC by donation (with a minimum donation of $30 to register). Fees for this workshop can be waived if access to funds is a barrier to participation, email access@digitalartsresourcecentre.ca. and we will register you to the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

DARC is unable to provide course attendee refunds for cancellations. DARC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses if necessary.