Documentary Filmmaking and Video Production Workshops
by Martin, Video Producer
Visitor Question: Hello. I have produced over 50 documentaries in the last two years for government agencies in Nigeria. I script. Direct. And voice. I will like to improve my knowledge though what I read on your site is what I have been doing except that my equipment are inadequate. Pls I need your assistance on refresher courses/workshops in America or Europe that I can attend so we can build a transcontinental synergy. Thank you.
Desktop Documentaries | Answer
Thank you for introducing yourself and for your question. It is my understanding that you are interested in attending workshops to freshen your filmmaking skills. Have you heard of the East African School of Media Studies in Nairobi?
The documentary filmmaking and video production workshops I'm familiar with in the US that are good include:
Docs In Progress: docsinprogress.org
Maine Media Workshops: mainemedia.edu
Bare Foot Workshops: barefootworkshops.org
Digital Media Academy: digitalmediaacademy.org
Videomaker Workshops: videomaker.com
(For 10% discount, use coupon code DESKTOPDOCS10)
The IDA (International Documentary Association
) is always putting on great learning events. Something to consider to save on travel costs is to join the IDA
($55-$85) which gives you access to many of their educational courses online.
As for equipment, don't get discouraged. Making good films is about the storytelling, not the equipment. Of course, good equipment helps, but it's amazing what a creative person can do with very little. Have you seen what people are doing with iPhones? Do a search on YouTube for "iPhone movies
" and I think you will be inspired.
I hope that helps!
Did any good documentary or video production workshops get missed? Please add them below in the comment section with your personal experience.