Register Now for CDS Summer Course: One-Week Documentary Video Institute

Photograph by CDS Continuing Education intern Teddy Leinbach

Photograph by CDS Continuing Education intern Teddy Leinbach

This summer the Center for Documentary Studies will offer its twelfth annual Documentary Video Institute, our one-week video boot camp that has turned out over two hundred full-fledged documentarians. From June 6 through June 13, with expert guidance from multiple instructors, students will learn all aspects of video production: pre-production and scouting locations, camera operation, lighting and sound, editing and post-production, and finally, screening in front of a live audience.

Hours for the institute are:
Saturday, June 6: 1 p.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday–Friday, June 7–12: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, June 13: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (the institute concludes with a public presentation of student work)

For more information, and to register, click here.  To view student projects from the 2014 institute, click here.

Lead instructor/filmmaker Randolph Benson has been a Documentary Video Institute instructor from the beginning. “The goal was for students to be able to come in and make a film, but then leave knowing how to make their own film,” he says. “So it was important to have all those elements crammed into a week. Some institute students have gone on to graduate programs in film, others have made films that have screened at film festivals around the world. “But mostly people use this as a stepping stone to self-expression,” says Benson.

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