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Making the Character-Driven Documentary

The will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012
From 10:00 AM until 04:00 PM
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Located in : Center for Documentary Studies, CDS Auditorium
Instructor: Joshua (Josh) Dasal

Regular Student: $155.00

Just as a well-crafted story can be vital to the success of a documentary film, so can an equally compelling human subject. In this seminar, students will learn how to create documentary films crafted around a character with a strong and charismatic personality. The class will address issues such as how to select a screen-grabbing main character, how to approach and involve that person in their filmmaking process, and how to structure a story and shoot in order to maximize screen time, effectiveness, and audience investment. Students will view selections from representative films and will participate in class exercises designed to stimulate this process. (6 hours)

Joshua Dasal is an author, screenwriter, and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker. A veteran of independent and mainstream documentary and narrative productions, he has developed, written, directed, or produced projects for the Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven, as well as consulted on the nationally broadcast public television documentary Liquid Assets. His work has screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America, and USC’s First Look Film Festival. Dasal has received a Final Draft screenwriting award, a Silver Telly Award for his PBS work, and the HDFest Best Documentary prize for The Mars Underground. His first book, The Utopia Book, will be published by Penguin USA.

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A $10 materials fee is due at the first class.


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