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 a director, producer, screenwriter, and marketing creative director. A graduate of the prestigious University of Southern California (USC) film school, he has creatively developed, written, directed, produced, and consulted for entities like the Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven. His work has screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America, and USC’s First Look Film Festival. Dasal was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Emmy and Silver Telly for his PBS work, the HDFest Best Documentary prize for The Mars Underground,
and five regional awards, including “best film,” for his 48 Hour Film Project short, Cake.
Dasal has been a screenwriting instructor at Missouri State University, as well as a communications manager at North Carolina State University and a freelance video marketer.
A $10 materials fee is due at the first class.