Making the Documentary

This studio course is an introduction to contemporary documentary film practices and production. Students should learn the how to produce, direct, shoot, and edit documentary films. This course focuses on the creation of independent work with small teams and limited resources.

An introduction to documentary film history will be provided as well as an examination of contemporary trends. Production topics include lighting, sound, basic editing, and interview skills. Student work will be supported by demonstrations, screenings, discussions, and critique.

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology.  

Working with your OCAD U Account

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Certificate Options

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Note that students seeking a certificate must register with OCAD U via the APPLY link on the page for the certificate concerned.  

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Winter 2021
Date & Time:
1 Mar 2021 to 5 Apr 2021
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
$445.00 plus tax
Registration Deadline:
February 18, 2021

Course Requirements

All students are required to provide their own video camera and have access to laptops with video editing software. Hardware Requirements: Laptop (Mac or PC) with a minimum of 8GB storage, or an 8GB portable hard drive, and a video camera. Software Requirements: Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere.

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