This program is designed to help aspiring filmmakers explore the craft of non-fiction visual storytelling. Guided by a faculty of professional filmmakers, you will receive instruction and hands-on training to help you realize your vision and voice as a documentarian.
During your three weeks here, you will have classes and get experience in:
- Run-and-gun camera work
- Video editing
- Researching your subject
- Effective interview technique
- Grabbing an audience
- Resourceful lighting
During the third and final week of the program, you will have the opportunity to put your new skills to work at the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), where you will help capture and tell the story of one of the filmmakers attending the week-long celebration of cinema. Following what promises to be a flurry of editing, documentary students will screen their work at TCFF, for an audience of filmmakers and movie buffs.
Now in its thirteenth year, the Traverse City Film Festival has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in the midwest, and one of the most respected in the country.