This two-day documentary workshop consists of instruction on Cinema Verité, audio, interviewing skills, and studio lighting techniques.
On the morning of day one, learn about observational films, otherwise known as Cinema Verité. Made famous by directors such as the Maysles Brothers, this documentary format is concerned with representing truth and reality by simply observing. It works to remove the filmmaker from the film as much as possible instead of using overt interviews or asking questions.
Audio is just as important as the visuals of a documentary. In the afternoon, build your technical skills with a lesson on audio and an exercise on the proper use of microphones to record clean audio with a camera. Learn about the types of microphones available to a filmmaker and their use. This includes how to use a shotgun microphone with a boom, wireless lavalier usage and placement, and more.
Day two focuses on interviewing and how to draw an interesting story from a subject. Learn how to get a subject to relax and open up, the difference between dynamic and boring interviews, and how to build a narrative around a subject’s stories.
Complete the workshop with more advanced audio techniques, practicing movement of booms and lavaliers to record a dynamic environment.