Documentary Coach

Documentary Coach One on one consultations, workshops and coaching on documentary film making. Visit www.documentary-coach.com

Coaching experienced and emerging documentary filmmakers on their projects by giving them the tools to improve their skills at all stages of the filmmaking process. Whatever stage you are in -- researching your topic (pre-production), shooting your film (production), or editing (post-production), the Documentary Coach can help you to move your project to the next level and to bring your film through the finish line.

Mission: The Documentary Coach helps individuals to plan and produce better films through one-on-one consultations, workshops and coaching on documentary filmmaking, structure and storytelling.

This Saturday, October 27 from 10 am - 4 pm at Docs In Progress in Silver Spring: Documentary Interviewing Skills Bootca...
10/22/2018
Documentary Interviewing Skills Bootcamp (IE1-1260)

This Saturday, October 27 from 10 am - 4 pm at Docs In Progress in Silver Spring: Documentary Interviewing Skills Bootcamp
Conducting an on-camera interview can be challenging. On one hand, you want to make sure that the technical aspects are under control, so you’ll deliver footage that is visually and aurally attractive. On the other hand, your goal is to capture the true spirit of the person you’re interviewing by making sure that the process is not only effective but also safe and respectful for the person who is being interviewed. In this full day documentary interviewing skills bootcamp team-taught by Adele Schmidt and Jennifer Brown, you will learn the ins and outs of interviewing. Adele will build on years of experience as a documentary filmmaker to go over the technical aspects when setting up and interview, including camera placement, thinking about both what you see and how it sounds, and do's and don'ts while interviewing. Jennifer will share skills she has developed in making videos in the areas of behavioral health advocacy, stigma and discrimination to help you understand how to manage the emotional tenor of the interview, including dealing with interviewees revealing a story for the first time, sharing a traumatic story, or breaking down during the interview.
Space is limited so advanced registration is highly recommended. Save on fees if register by midnight Tuesday (October 23).
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Conducting an on-camera interview can be challenging. On one hand you want to make sure that the technical aspects are under control, so you’ll deliver footage that is visually and aurally attractive, and on the other hand your goal is to capture the true spirit of the pers...

Start the new year off by learning something new! I will be giving the workshop "Edit Your Own Video With Final Cut Pro ...
01/05/2018
Edit Your Own Video With Final Cut Pro X (IE1-1160)

Start the new year off by learning something new! I will be giving the workshop "Edit Your Own Video With Final Cut Pro X" workshop begins January 11, and you can sign up here: https://docsinprogress.eventgrid.com/Events/36059/edit-your-own-video-with-final-cut-pro-x-ie1-1160/Dates/51725

In this hands-on editing lab for emerging documentary filmmakers, participants will learn how to structure and edit a fundraising trailer or a short segment (up to two minutes) from scratch using the editing software Final Cut Pro X (FCPX).   We will provide structured guidance,and tips on usin...

12/14/2017
Edit Your Own Video With Final Cut Pro X (IE1-1160)

I will be giving an FCP X editing workshop at Docs In Progress starting on January 11. Early bird registration ends on Dec. 27

In this hands-on editing lab for emerging documentary filmmakers, participants will learn how to structure and edit a fundraising trailer or a short segment (up to two minutes) from scratch using the editing software Final Cut Pro X (FCPX).   We will provide structured guidance,and tips on usin...

09/15/2017
Normal Isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities & ADHD Trailer_CC

I am very proud to be the video editor of this newly released 72-minute documentary "NORMAL ISN'T REAL: SUCCEEDING WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES & ADHD" by my TV producer friend Krys Kornmeier. She developed an interest in learning and attention issues when her son was diagnosed with them. The documentary captures the stories of 4 successful young adults who have figured out how to develop their strengths and manage their challenges. The film is being self-distributed and has been accepted to major national conferences, with discussions underway for partnering with organizations for nationwide screenings. The website is under construction, but here's the trailer! Music by Ut Gret! https://vimeo.com/231541096

This is "Normal Isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities & ADHD Trailer_CC" by Krys Kornmeier on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos…

Passing along. 20 Latina Directors You Should Know!
08/30/2017
20 Latina Directors You Should Know

Passing along. 20 Latina Directors You Should Know!

Consider this but a mere sampling of the strong pool of female filmmakers working across the Americas today.

I am giving a workshop "Documentary Filmmaking from A-Z". 5 sessions (Thursdays) from 7pm-9pm starting September 7 at Do...
08/28/2017
Documentary Filmmaking From A to Z (IE1-1114)

I am giving a workshop "Documentary Filmmaking from A-Z". 5 sessions (Thursdays) from 7pm-9pm starting September 7 at Docs In Progress in Silver Spring, MD. More info here. Stratshttps://eventgrid.com/Events/33413/documentary-filmmaking-from-a-to-z-ie1-1114/Dates/44814

Have a documentary you've always wanted to make, but don't know where to start? This workshop gives an overview of the cycle of the documentary filmmaking process and focuses on strategies of how to best maintain control over a project. We’ll cover pre-production, development, writing,...

03/09/2017
Backpack Filmmaking – Chestertown RiverArts

Glad to give a Backpack Filmmaker Workshop in Chestertown, MD at Chestertown RiverArts. When: April 29, 2017
from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Click below for more inf.

This hands-on, one day class will give an overview of the tools used when shooting video stories solo or in small teams: camera operation, lighting and audio recording. Participants will learn how to prepare for a shoot, the essential equipment needed for the field, and how to “shoot for the editor....

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 7 PM; 6:30 PMhttp://www.american.edu/soc/cef/upcoming-events.cfmPBS: The Best Things in Life Are ...
10/10/2016
Upcoming | The Center for Environmental Filmmaking | AU School of Communication

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT 7 PM; 6:30 PM
http://www.american.edu/soc/cef/upcoming-events.cfm
PBS: The Best Things in Life Are Free
Get a sneak peek of what’s to come from the country’s most prominent provider of public television content, and join Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and GM of General Audience Programming, as she discusses (and illustrates with lots of clips) how taking risks and experimenting, while remaining committed to PBS’ mission, have made it possible.

This Thursday workshop:Documentary Structure and Storytelling 1http://bit.ly/1QuGDGtThe Essentials of Documentary Storyt...
09/13/2016

This Thursday workshop:
Documentary Structure and Storytelling 1
http://bit.ly/1QuGDGt
The Essentials of Documentary Storytelling
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Docs In Progress: 8700 1st Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Just because documentary filmmaking is about recording actuality, filmmakers still need to pay the same attention to visual storytelling as you would with any fiction film. In this workshop, you will learn more about the tools of screen grammar and sequencing, how to break down a situation into the right shots, and deliver footage that makes sense in the edit room.
http://bit.ly/1QuGDGt

I am teaching a three part workshop on documentary structure and storytelling at Docs In Progress in Silver Spring, Mary...
09/12/2016
Filmmaking Workshops

I am teaching a three part workshop on documentary structure and storytelling at Docs In Progress in Silver Spring, Maryland (3 Thursdays from 7pm-10pm) starting this Thursday. Go here for more info and to sign up.
http://www.docsinprogress.org/filmmakers

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned professional, an emerging filmmaker, or a beginner, Docs In Progress offers a range of adult education programs focused on documentary filmmaking. Beginners may want to check out our introductory production, pre-production, editing, and storytelling classes a...

07/11/2016
Early Bird Registration open for STORY MOVEMENTS

Reserve the date for this upcoming event on civic media storytelling through the lens of contemporary struggles for social justice: Story Movements organized by the Center fro Media & Social Impact.

Story Movements is a catalytic two-day convening in Washington, D.C. that examines platforms and genres of civic media storytelling through the lens of contemporary struggles for social justice. Join the Center for Media & Social Impact in Washington, D.C. September 15 & 16 for this exciting new gat...

Docs In Progress Open House coming up: Jun 24, 2016 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT in Silver Spring, MD
06/23/2016
Summer Open House

Docs In Progress Open House coming up: Jun 24, 2016 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT in Silver Spring, MD

Join Docs In Progress staff, board, alumni, and neighbors for a Summer Open House at our “Documentary House” in downtown Silver Spring. This is a great chance to have a drink and celebrate all things documentary with the local filmmaking community, as well as filmmakers visiting our area...

06/23/2016
EDN: New Survey Reveals Current Cost of Making Documentaries in Today's Audiovisual Market

Nobody said, it's easy, but it's doable. It is important to tell your story, it might take longer and some sacrifices are involved, but always: Stay with it. http://bit.ly/182k1xQ

What factors constitute the costs of making a documentary and what are the main challenges documentary filmmakers have to deal with to complete their projects? Finding out more about the financial conditions documentary filmmakers have to work under was among the main aims of the survey which involv...

Great interactive session yesterday organized by Women In Film and Video DC "The Survivors Guide": Museums/Interactive/I...
05/25/2016

Great interactive session yesterday organized by Women In Film and Video DC "The Survivors Guide": Museums/Interactive/Installations. Check out next session on June 28th "Corporate/Government/Exhibition" http://www.wifv.org/events/#cid=783&wid=401

Screening in LA on June 9, 2:45pm INDIVISIBLE by local DC filmmaker Hilary Linder. "Imagine growing up in the country yo...
05/17/2016
INDIVISIBLE | Dances With Films

Screening in LA on June 9, 2:45pm INDIVISIBLE by local DC filmmaker Hilary Linder. "Imagine growing up in the country you call home without legal status. Or not seeing your family for years because they were deported. Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of a better life; they were teenagers when their families were deported. Today, they are known as Dreamers. Indivisible takes place at a pivotal moment in their lives, as they fight for a pathway to citizenship and a chance to be reunited with their loved ones. With the future of immigration reform uncertain, will they see their families again"

We finished our Final Cut Pro X editing workshop at Docs In Progress. We met 6 Tuesdays for 3 hours.The participants use...
05/16/2016

We finished our Final Cut Pro X editing workshop at Docs In Progress. We met 6 Tuesdays for 3 hours.The participants used their own footage and walked away with a 2-3 minute video that they will use to fundraise or to promote a larger documentary. Well done!

5 days left in the campaign, make your contribution today, support DC filmmaker Maggie Stogner on this documentary "In t...
05/11/2016
In the Executioners Shadow

5 days left in the campaign, make your contribution today, support DC filmmaker Maggie Stogner on this documentary "In the Executioner's Shadow" pulls back the curtain on the death penalty and how it affects us all. Please support our .IndieGoGo campaign. We have only 4 days left! Every amount makes a difference. Help us finish this timely documentary by donating today.https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-the-executioner-s-shadow#/

In the Executioner's Shadow pulls back the curtain on the death penalty and how it affects us all. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Werner Herzog at AFI Docs on June 24th!
05/06/2016
AFI DOCS Names Werner Herzog 2016 Guggenheim Honoree

Werner Herzog at AFI Docs on June 24th!

AFI DOCS will pay tribute to renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog as the festival's 2016 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The June 24 Symposium will include a

"The best advice I can offer to those heading into the world of film is not to wait for the system to finance your proje...
04/30/2016
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog on doing what you love and his advice to those heading into...

"The best advice I can offer to those heading into the world of film is not to wait for the system to finance your projects and for others to decide your fate. If you can’t afford to make a million-dollar film, raise $10,000 and produce it yourself. That’s all you need to make a feature film these days." -Werner Herzog

The best advice I can offer to those heading into the world of film is not to wait for the system to finance your projects and for others to decide your fate. If you can’t afford to make a million-dollar film, raise $10,000 and produce it yourself. That’s all you need to make a feature …

Support the IndieGoGo campaign of new documentary on the death penalty and how it affects us all, by DC local filmmakers...
04/06/2016
CLICK HERE to support In the Executioner's Shadow

Support the IndieGoGo campaign of new documentary on the death penalty and how it affects us all, by DC local filmmakers Maggie Burnette Stogner and Rick Stack.

In the Executioner's Shadow pulls back the curtain on the death penalty and how it affects us all. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Giving a documentary structure class at Docs In Progress yesterday. This graph represents the time management in the doc...
03/18/2016

Giving a documentary structure class at Docs In Progress yesterday. This graph represents the time management in the documentary War Dance.

Important read.
03/16/2016
Fair Use in Filmmaking at SXSW: Beyond Documentary

Important read.

At SXSW, Hollywood entertainment lawyer Michael Donaldson showed how his firm is applying the copyright doctrine of fair use—the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment, withi

Congratulations local DC filmmaker Hilary Linder Lippert on your festival success with your important film on immigratio...
03/13/2016
Movie Review: Indivisible —

Congratulations local DC filmmaker Hilary Linder Lippert on your festival success with your important film on immigration "Indivisible"!

Setting up the interview at yesterday's workshop at Docs In Progress. Sign up for the upcoming Documentary Coach worksho...
02/20/2016

Setting up the interview at yesterday's workshop at Docs In Progress. Sign up for the upcoming Documentary Coach workshops on documentary structure and storytelling also at Docs In Progress.http://bit.ly/1QuGDGt

THE ART OF THE INTERVIEWInstructor: Adele Schmidt/Documentary Coach Thursday, February 18th, 7pm-10pmat Docs In Progress...
02/11/2016

THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW
Instructor: Adele Schmidt/Documentary Coach
Thursday, February 18th, 7pm-10pm
at Docs In Progress, 8700 First Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

There are many ways to shoot an interview. It’s important to make a decision early in terms of what stylistic approach works best for your film. In this workshop we will look at different approaches to interviews and we will also discuss why directors choose a specific style for a specific documentary. The participants will learn what to consider when setting up and filming an interview. The workshop includes a hands-on exercise where participants will have a chance to set up and practice a sit-down interview. Click here to register: http://bit.ly/1QuGDGt

Congratulations to DC filmmaker Sarah Katz, her film "Moosehead's Wicked Good Plan" coached by the Documentary Coach ent...
02/10/2016
Moosehead’s Wicked Good Plan*

Congratulations to DC filmmaker Sarah Katz, her film "Moosehead's Wicked Good Plan" coached by the Documentary Coach entered the TMFF Festival (The Monthly Film Festival) in Glasgow!
#documentray

Nominated for best documentary, Oscars 2016, a fine documentary about the fine musician and civil rights activist Nina S...
02/07/2016
What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

Nominated for best documentary, Oscars 2016, a fine documentary about the fine musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone, made by a fine woman filmmaker Liz Garbus, on Netflix.

Directed by Liz Garbus. With James Baldwin, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Cronkite, Stanley Crouch. A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Documentary filmmakers: If you’re gearing up for the ITVS Open Call, consider joining the ITVS webinar “Creating Strong ...
01/27/2016
Creating Competitive Work Samples

Documentary filmmakers: If you’re gearing up for the ITVS Open Call, consider joining the ITVS webinar “Creating Strong Work Samples” tomorrow, January 28th. Register at:

ovee.itvs.org/screenings/qy5fp

Hear from ITVS programming staff and funded producers about how to craft strong work samples that will make your project competitive for Open Call funding.

Support this beautiful documentary on Kickstarter of two young Mauritians, DC based filmmakers Vanina Harel and Zara Cur...
11/21/2015
Vey nou Lagon

Support this beautiful documentary on Kickstarter of two young Mauritians, DC based filmmakers Vanina Harel and Zara Currimjee bringing their filmmaking and environmental expertise together to tell the story of the Mauritian lagoons.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/126701521/vey-nou-lagon

Two young Mauritians bringing their filmmaking and environmental expertise together to tell the story of the Mauritian lagoons.

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