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Documentary and the Three-Act Structure Workshop (Onsite and Online)
At heart, documentarians are storytellers. Telling stories that people want to watch means engaging audiences in your narrative, which requires an understanding of their needs and desires and of the tools developed over time to answer those needs. This class is designed to provide those tools. In this class, students will view and learn to dissect narrative films for the elements of traditional three-act structure, the most common storytelling format in the industry, and then apply those lessons to their own work. By understanding how and why this structure creates memorable and tightly paced Hollywood films, students will be able to apply it to their own nonfiction work. In melding the sensibilities and conventions of documentaries with an easily identifiable narrative structure, students will not only identify ways to adapt their subject matter to the appetite of a story-hungry contemporary documentary audience but also learn how to deliver commercially viable documentary films for today’s selective environment. (5 hours/All Levels)

Please note: This is a hybrid on-site/online class. Distance students will participate via teleconference.

Josh Dasal has taught at CDS since 2010. He is an Emmy- and Silver Telly–winning director, producer, screenwriter, and video marketer. A master’s graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, he has created projects and/or consulted for Discovery Channel, PBS, Sony Screen Gems, and director Wes Craven. He has taught filmmaking courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and Missouri State University, and his films have screened at venues like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America, and USC’s First Look Film Festival. He is the owner and chief creative officer of Kaboonki Creative, a video production and marketing firm based in Raleigh.

Additional information:
To participate from off-site, 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.

There will be a one-hour break for lunch.


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Dasal 10/20 - 10/20 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM $145.00 View

Family: Reinterpreting the Personal Archive (Online)


The web of family has been a constant source of inspiration for artists and documentarians. Folklore, oral storytelling, and material objects are passed down from generation to generation. Language transforms as families migrate and relocate to urban, suburban, and rural settings. Much of the time, photo albums are tucked away in basements or drawers and remain untouched.

In this workshop, we'll look at examples of family documentary as new and seasoned family researchers embark on their own investigations. Informed by group discussion, students will use writing, photography, physical objects, and other media from their personal archive to create new interpretations. We will look at buried family history, disruptions in timelines, and geographies of movement, allowing for questions surrounding ethical practice, expanding notions of family, and the role of ancestral DNA. (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.

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 has a Masters in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a Masters in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Her work has been exhibited in New York, London, Lisbon, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee. Portals and Passageways, her project about her family's South Asian diaspora, traces her jeweler ancestors from a bazaar in India. She was a 2016-2017 Lewis Hine fellow and currently teaches at the Bronx Documentary Center and Parsons School of Design.

Additional Information:
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.

There will be no class on November 22 (Thanksgiving).

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Badhey 11/8 - 12/13 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $245.00 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 Continuing Education director April Walton (cdscourses@duke.edu) if you plan to enroll. On Friday, December 7, 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, Rogers 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.

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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Rogers 10/29 - 12/3 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View

Introductory Seminar in 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. See joysalyers.com.

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Salyers 8/16 - 10/4 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $295.00 View

Long-Term Visual Storytelling (Online)

Inside the home of elder Deweese Wolfe, 73, a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Cherokee, North Carolina. October 2016.


In this online course, we’ll discuss what it takes to develop a long-term photography project that digs into a personal, political, cultural, or social issue. Topics like choosing a story, research, access, building relationships, record keeping, process/production, and publication will be covered. We’ll look at successful long-term projects by photographers such as Nancy Borowick, Mary F. Calvert, Darcy Padilla, Brendan Hoffman, and others. We’ll also share work with each other, and provide ideas and feedback for students with projects already underway, as well as for those who choose to begin a project during the course. The course will meet every other week for four group sessions, and each student will have a one-on-one, approximately thirty-minute meeting with the instructor. Photographers of all levels who are beginning a long-term project, and those who have already started one, are welcome. Students with projects that are geographically accessible during the course will likely benefit most from this course, but it is not a requirement. (8 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.

Sarah Stacke's personal work develops daily life stories about people living in under-resourced and narrowly represented communities created by intersections of history, culture, and geography. Interested in the effects of colonial-driven forced geographies, she often spends time with a community over the course of months or years. In 2012, Stacke received a master’s degree from Duke University tailored to analyze photographic representations of sub-Saharan Africa. She teaches at CDS and the International Center of Photography, and writes about photography for publications including National Geographic and Photo District News. Her work has taken her around the world, with an emphasis on South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and, within the U.S., North Carolina, New York, and Minnesota. She has worked with the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, STAT by Boston Globe Media, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, UN Women, Open Society Foundations, and International Rescue Committee. For more information, please visit sarahstacke.com.

Additional information:
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.

Class will meet every other week, beginning September 17 and ending October 29. One-on-one meetings will be held on October 8.

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PH193oFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
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Stacke 9/17 - 10/29 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $245.00 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 their own recordings. We will begin with the basics of recording and end by learning to edit sound using Hindenburg digital editing software. (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.

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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AU101oFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
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Lindholm 10/30 - 12/4 Tu 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View

Portraiture: At the Heart of Documentary Practice (Online)


Portraiture is central to documentary work, whether the subject is a person, animal, plant, object, or place. The class will look at the work of documentary portrait photographers from the US and abroad, investigating different modes of portraiture—including formal, candid, environmental, and extended portraits—and considering elements such as lighting, composition, mood, and story. Through weekly assignments, students will hone their technique, develop their own aesthetic, and build confidence in working collaboratively and sensitively with their subjects. (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.

Rhonda Klevansky is originally from Durban, South Africa. She is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker with a strong interest in using video and photography as tools for advocacy. She contributes photographs to Getty Images and the Nature Picture Library, and her photography collaboration with refugees in London, Fragments from Another Life: Refugees, Exiles, and Their Stories, has been exhibited in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Chile. Her video documentaries include Welcome to My Paradise, about sand artists on the beaches of Durban, South Africa; One Band Indivisible, about a marching band at a historically black high school in Durham; and Dan Wagoner: Life, Dance and the Ephemeral, about dancer and choreographer Dan Wagoner. Before moving to the U.S., she worked for television broadcasters in the UK, South America, and South Africa. She completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa and has an MA from Duke. She has written numerous magazine articles and a nonfiction children’s book. See rhondaklevansky.com.

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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PH190oFA18
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Klevansky 10/17 - 11/21 We 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View

Smartphone Filmmaking (Online)


In the palm of our hands, we have more filmmaking power than D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, or Sergei Eisenstein ever knew. This course will cover the practice and possibilities of shooting video with a smartphone. We’ll show you how to put together a smartphone video rig, which can include external lights, microphones, stabilizers, and lenses. We’ll also touch on the foundations of filmmaking, including pre-production, shot composition, building a soundtrack, and editing. By the end of the six weeks, each student will have made a short smartphone video as a class assignment. Whether you use an iPhone, Android, Huawei, or Samsung, this course will help you take your smartphone filmmaking to the next level. (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.

Emmy and Cannes Lions award-winning producer Hal Goodtree has worked for the NFL, the New York Times, and with screen luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Cindy Crawford, and legendary documentarian Albert Maysles. His latest project, a documentary about American Tobacco, earned a #1 rating in prime time when it was broadcast on WRAL in December 2014. His work has been awarded an Emmy, a Cannes Lion, and most recently, Best Short Documentary at the 2015 Longleaf Film Festival.

Additional information:
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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VI208oFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
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Goodtree 11/5 - 12/10 Mo 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View

Street Photography (Online)


“Fortune favors the prepared mind,” as the saying goes. This course prepares the mind, or more specifically, the mindset, of aspiring street photographers. To start, you will learn to see what is, rather than what should be. Then, through discussion and a series of exercises, you will learn practical and technical strategies, modes of engaging and negotiating with subjects, and the responsibilities of the street photographer. (12 hours/All Levels)

Yasser Booley began photographing his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1992. He has worked as a photographer for the Mail & Guardian weekly national South African newspaper, and as a freelance producer, director, and cinematographer of short films and documentaries. His first monograph, South Africa at Liberty (2016), features photographs from the first two decades of South African democracy. See his work at africalia.be.

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PH194oFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
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Booley 9/5 - 10/10 We 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View

The Nonfiction Story: Beginning to End (Online)


This class explores the rudiments of documentary storytelling, with the goal of taking you from the stage of having an idea to crafting something presentable and publishable. Since all narrative possesses the same formal characteristics regardless of genre, we will study examples of film and audio documentary as well as writing, covering such topics as how to utilize interview testimony; introducing character; foreshadowing; planting a hook; exposition; surface text versus subtext; the problem of pacing; endings and resolution; and revision. The instructor closely monitors your progress and drafts, making sure that by the end of the eighth week your piece is done. Syllabus includes readings by Toni Morrison and Colson Whitehead; episodes from the Criminal and Home of the Brave podcasts; and films by Barbara Kopple and Raoul Peck. (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.

Benjamin Hedin is a Grammy-nominated film producer and the author of In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now. He also edited one of the most widely respected anthologies of music writing, Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader. His work has been published by the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Nation, the Oxford American, the Chicago Tribune, Poets and Writers, and more.

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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WR213oFA18
Center for Documentary Studies
Virtual Classroom
Hedin 10/11 - 12/13 Th 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM $275.00 View