Documentary Structure and Storytelling: The Big Picture of Documentary Structure (IE1-1140)

Sep 25, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

Docs in Progress: Wayne Avenue

801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

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If you were building a house, you would need to have a blueprint which provides a plan of what it will look like and where you need to use different tools. A film is no different. You need to have some idea of the direction of where the story is heading even if you don’t have a script. Breaking down hours of footage of different characters, in different locations and at different times into a workable rough cut is one of the toughest exercises in post-production.

For filmmakers in pre-production or production, this session will help you better organize and control your shoots with specific goals to avoid ending up with tons of material that won’t help you tell the story.
 For filmmakers who are beginning post-production, this session will focus on how to get a handle on your material by defining the thematic progression with tools that are available to every filmmaker. The goal is to help to find your structure and drive your story forward.

This workshop is part of a series of three documentary structure-focused workshops which also include Documentary Structure and Storytelling: The Essentials of Documentary Storytelling (9/18) and Documentary Structure and Storytelling: Structure Case Studies (10/2) .  If you are working on your first documentary, it is recommended you sign up for all three sessions since they build on each other.  However, it is also possible to sign up for these sessions a la carte.

I/II – Aimed at filmmakers who have, at least some basic experience with production and are working on a specific project.


Documentary Structure Package (all three workshops)
$250 (register/pay through September 3)
$275 Late Registration Fee (register/pay September 4-18)

Session 2 only:
$100 (register/pay through September 10) – $25 discount for Docs Insider Premium Members. Use Promo Code which was provided.
$125 Late Registration Fee (register/pay September 11 until filled) – no discounts

If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program at the Premium level, you can get a $25 discount on the registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. To get the discount, you will enter a Promo Code when you get to the payment. If you missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it. 
Click the "Register Now" button towards the top of the page. Because of limited space (maximum 6 participants on our workstations plus we can accommodate two more using your laptops), advanced registration is highly recommended.
Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot in the class. In order to get the discounted earlybird rate, full payment must be RECEIVED by the earlybird date.  Otherwise the regular rate will be charged.
If you are paying by credit card, select the "Paypal" option (you can pay by credit card even if you don't have a Paypal account). Payment must be made at the same time you complete the online registration form. 
If you are paying by check, you still need to register online, but select "Pay by Check or Wire".  Make check payable to “Docs In Progress” and mail to:
Docs In Progress
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Write the name of the workshop in the memo line)
Your registration will be completed once your payment is received. 


Adele Schmidt is no stranger to the Docs In Progress community.  As the co-founder of the organization in 2004 and staff member from 2009-2010, Adele was instrumental in helping the organization expand beyond its signature work-in-progress screenings to provide a full array of educational, professional development, and mentoring programs for emerging documentary filmmakers. In addition to more than 15 years working as a producer, director, editor, and consulting producer for award-winning long-form documentaries and short feature films, Adele has extensive teaching experience. She is an adjunct professorial lecturer in film and video production for graduate and undergraduate students at American University and also teaches field production at Fairfax Public Access TV, and has also taught film and video production and scriptwriting courses in Mexico City. She has also served as a panelist for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, reviewing applications in the disciplines of writing, philosophy, history, and media arts.

Docs In Progress 
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
If you are familiar with downtown Silver Spring and know where the Whole Foods is, there is a parking lot behind that. Behind that parking lot is a church. Behind the church is an office building at the corner of Wayne and Cedar. That's our building. It also houses a hair salon called Turning Point which is visible from Wayne.
A map and more detailed directions are on this page:
Office number if you need to reach us is still 301-789-2797.
If you are driving, it is possible to park in the lot at the building (enter from Cedar or Wayne) in a Visitor Spot or on the street nearby (meters are only in effect until 6 pm). Please DO NOT park in any spot marked “Reserved.” Cars that park in reserved spots are often towed.
The closest large parking facility is the Wayne Avenue Garage on Wayne Avenue next to the Silver Spring Washington Sports Club. There is usually plenty of parking there, and no fee to use it on Saturdays and Sundays.

If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

In the event of seriously inclement weather, we will make a decision by 3 pm on whether to cancel that evening’s programs. (For Saturday classes, we will make the decision by 6 pm on Friday). If you have not received a notification from your instructor or the Educational Programs Manager, call our office at 301-789-2797 (we will have an outgoing message on voicemail).

Docs in Progress: Wayne Avenue
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
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