Online Courses



Audio Editing with Hindenburg (Online)
 


Hindenburg is an increasingly popular tool for audio producers. It’s easy to use, stable, inexpensive, and designed specifically for audio documentary, which is why it’s become the app of choice for classes and intensives at the Center for Documentary Studies. In this two-day online workshop, you’ll learn the basics of importing, editing, and exporting audio files, along with a quick primer on audio recording techniques. (6 hours / All levels)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.

Marc Maximov is a freelance audio producer/recordist, writer, and filmmaker. He has taught audio classes at the Center for Documentary Studies since 2013. He's an associate producer of Audio Under the Stars, the monthly outdoor listening festival that’s held at CDS each summer; before that he worked for many years as a sound designer with several local theater companies. Maximov is the former coordinator of the CDS Courses program, and has worked at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in various capacities since 2011, serving on the selection committee since 2012. He’s also a sporadic contributor to Indy Week, the Triangle area’s alternative weekly newspaper.

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AU113oSP20
Center for Documentary Studies
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Maximov 3/14 - 3/15 Sa Su Varied $190.00 View

Family: Reinterpreting the Personal Archive (Online)
 


So often, photo albums and other repositories of memory are tucked away in basements or drawers and remain untouched, but the web of family is and can be a rich source of inspiration and analysis for artists and documentarians. This workshop is a stepping stone for new and seasoned documentarians to embark on family investigations, while becoming exposed to makers within the realm of documentary arts. Through group discussion and individual investigation, students will utilize writing, photography, and their personal objects to creatively interpret family archives. Past students have created projects based on folklore, oral storytelling, material objects, parallel family stories, archival photographs, and migration. Students will have the opportunity to discuss ethical practice when working with family, expansive notions of family, and the role of ancestry DNA in family work. (12 hours / All levels)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


Kamal Badhey is an educator, photographer, and documentarian based in New York City. She is a member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective and the Urban Photographers Association. She graduated with a masters in photography and urban cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London and in museum education from Bank Street College. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York City, London, Lisbon, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Portals and Passageways, a project of the South Asian diaspora traces her jeweler ancestors to a bazaar in Secunderabad, India. Kamal was a CDS Lewis Hine Fellow in 2016–17 and is currently a fellow for the Claremont Documentary Project. She is an educator at the Bronx Documentary Center and Parsons School of Design.


There will be no class on November 28 (Thanksgiving.)



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ST235oFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
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Badhey 10/24 - 12/5 Th 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM $290.00 View

Final Project Seminar in Documentary Studies (Online)
 

This seminar is organized around group discussions of student projects, including how best to complete those projects, along with guided planning on how best to present the works to their intended audiences. Certificate students who have met all other requirements and have done substantial work toward their intended final projects may request admission to the course. Participants who successfully complete their projects during this course will be awarded the Certificate in Documentary Arts.


Students must declare their intention to enroll at the beginning of the term. Before enrolling in this class, students must complete a Projects course in the medium of their choice—Audio, Photography, or Video (an independent study will be arranged for students working in other media). Please contact CDS Courses (continuing education) director April Walton ([email protected]) if you plan to enroll. On Friday, December 6, students will share their work with a public audience at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. (12 hours / Advanced)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


Durward Rogers is a filmmaker with an interest in scientific and technical documentaries. He started practicing film photography at the age of nine and has used Photoshop and digital cameras since they were first released. Before earning his Certificate in the Documentary Arts at CDS, Durward spent twenty-five years as a computer graphics engineer, working on such projects as the world’s fastest graphics supercomputer and the original Xbox. He is currently working on a film about climate change.



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ST525oFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
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Rogers 10/28 - 12/2 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View
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ST525oSP20
Center for Documentary Studies
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Rogers 3/31 - 5/12 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Introduction to Documentary Studies: Traditions (Online)
 



This course is designed for students in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program or those who plan to enroll; it’s also suited to non-certificate students with a general interest in interdisciplinary traditions of documentary work, with an emphasis on twentieth-century practice. Students will be introduced to a range of documentary idioms and voices, including the work of photographers, filmmakers, oral historians, folklorists, musicologists, radio documentarians, and writers. (16 hours/All levels)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


Joy Salyers is a folklorist and a professional adviser on ethical and effective practice for individuals, organizations, and projects. She helps clients place an honest and compassionate assessment of themselves into the context of the systems within which they work. Salyers is also a writer, performer, and lecturer. She serves on advisory groups for several current documentary projects, and has taught in CDS’s continuing education program for more than a decade. joysalyers.com



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ST101ToSP20
Center for Documentary Studies
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Salyers 2/6 - 3/26 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $295.00 View

Make That Audio Doc (Online)
 

With the rise of podcasts and multimedia, documentary audio is no longer just about getting on the radio. Knowing how to record and edit audio creates opportunities for all kinds of documentary artists, and there are many venues for sharing work. In this class, students will make short audio documentaries using recorded interviews. We will begin with the basics of recording, learn to edit sound using Hindenburg, learn from some of the masters of the craft and discuss all works in progress. (12 hours/Beginner)

Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not physically meet at CDS but will have regularly scheduled virtual sessions. Access to a recorder and microphone (including smartphones) is required.

Meg Lindholm grew up in New York City, so being curious about people from all walks of life is in her DNA. After college, she was hired to produce the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC (still going strong after 25+ years). In 2002, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where she works as an independent documentary journalist. She has produced stories for NPR and multimedia projects for the regional Midwest public radio network. She has won awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association and RTDNA/Murrow for radio documentaries she reported, wrote, and edited.

Additional Information:
The class will be conducted online. A late-model computer, fast internet connection, and built-in camera are recommended, though not required. Students with less than optimal hardware or internet connections are welcome to take the course, though it may be difficult to participate fully in virtual meetings.



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AU101oFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
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Lindholm 10/29 - 12/3 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View

Smartphone Filmmaking I (Online)
 


Your smartphone is the most powerful filmmaking tool on the planet. This course teaches you how to use your phone and the tools of filmmaking to tell the stories that matter to you. You’ll learn how to shoot interviews, record sound, and edit your footage on a timeline just like professional filmmakers. During this five-week online course—suitable for anyone with a smartphone and the desire to tell stories with video—you’ll learn by doing as you produce your own short project. (10 hours / All levels)


Please note: This course is offered in an online format and will not meet at CDS but will instead take place in regularly scheduled virtual sessions.


Hal Goodtree is a career filmmaker who has worked with James Earl Jones, Cindy Crawford, The New York Times and the National Football League. His work has been awarded an Emmy, a Cannes Lion and Best Short Documentary at the Longleaf Film Festival. He has been an instructor at CDS since 2015.



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VI208oFA19
Center for Documentary Studies
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Goodtree 10/22 - 11/19 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $300.00 View