Shooting a Character Documentary

Danya Abt & Zac Halberd, Documentary Filmmakers

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16 Videos (43m)
    • Introduction

      2:28
    • Shooting the Character Documentary

      1:21
    • Finding your Character

      2:55
    • The Logline

      2:18
    • The Treatment

      4:04
    • The Interview

      1:35
    • Intro to Camera and Sound

      0:51
    • Prepping Your Equipment

      9:13
    • Setting up the Camera

      2:08
    • Setting up Sound

      3:07
    • Fundamentals of the Image

      4:22
    • Fundamentals of Sound

      1:45
    • Shooting the Interview

      1:09
    • After the Interview

      2:08
    • Establishing Shots, B-roll, and Verite

      3:00
    • Closing Thoughts

      0:52

About This Class

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Everybody has at least one exceptional character in their life: your eccentric Aunt Tilly or the mailman that hasn’t stopped whistling for 20 years. “Somebody should make a documentary about her,” you think to yourself. That somebody is you.

In this 45-minute class, you’ll learn the step-by-step process for producing and shooting a short character documentary that educates, inspires or makes your audience smile. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Danya Abt and cinematographer Zac Halberd will share their process for developing and shooting a impactful documentary.

A video camera and basic editing software is required for this class and an external microphone is highly recommended. By the end, you’ll have your short documentary in-the-can and ready to edit.

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Interesting course and approach
Really inspiring class. Thank you for sharing your point of view.
Excellent recommendations!

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Danya Abt & Zac Halberd

Documentary Filmmakers

Danya Abt & Zac Halberd are filmmakers living in Brooklyn, NY. Danya is an editor and director of documentaries and Zac is a documentary and narrative cinematographer. The two have been collaborating for many years.

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