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Docu Intensive

at DCTV - TriBeCa

Course Details
$1,200 2 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Nov 04, 6:30pm - Nov 23, 5:00pm (12 sessions)

TriBeCa, Manhattan
87 Lafayette St
Btwn White & Walker Streets
New York, New York 10013
Production (shoot with provided gear on your own time) Thu 11/7 - Fri 11/15
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Class Level: Advanced
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 6
Teacher: Teodora Altomare

What you'll learn in this film production class:

Eager filmmakers, come forward for a comprehensive immersion in documentary storytelling! This in-depth workshop takes you through the pre-production, production, and post-production process. During week one, examine the documentary form by reviewing films, pitching your doc idea, creating a shot list and preparing for production. During week two, execute your concept and shoot your footage. 

A complimentary one-week production equipment rental as well as instructor office hours are included. During week three, organize your footage and leave with a rough assembly or fine cut. This workshop culminates with an in-class rough cut screening and critique. 

This is a Production and Post-Production workshop at the Extensions level, in which you create original work.  

Topics include: 

  • Documentary Form and Style 
  • Storytelling Elements and Coverage 
  • Writing a Treatment and Synopsis
  • Interview Questions and Scripts 
  • Camera and Audio Review 
  • Pre-Production 
  • Organizing Footage 
  • Pulling Selects 
  • Post-Production Storytelling 
  • Building and Refining a Rough Cut 
  • Critique

Duration: 36 hrs (+ optional office hrs) 


Camera Fundamentals, Audio Fundamentals, and Video DSLR or equivalent experience is required. This is not a software-specific workshop. Fluency and the ability to work independently in one of the non-linear editing softwares listed in Materials below is also required. 


  1.  **A credit card authorization hold of up to $950 is required to check out the complimentary production equipment provided during this workshop. The hold will be released after the equipment’s return. 
  2. Students must also bring their own personal hard drive to work from. 

We recommend it meets the following minimum criteria: 

  • at least 100GB free space 
  • 7200 RPM 
  • Mac Compatible 

  • USB3 or Thunderbolt connection (recommended), Firewire 800 (possible)

 Materials: Aside from a hard drive, we provide all equipment and are committed to a 2:1 student to camera ratio. Each student will be equipped with a 27-inch iMac with 5K retina display running Avid Media Composer 2018.12, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018, DaVinci Resolve 15, and Final Cut Pro X 10.4.4 Personal equipment is not permitted. 


  • Session 1 | Mon 11/4 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Session 2 | Tue 11/5 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Session 3 | Wed 11/6 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Session 4 | Thu 11/7 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Session 5 | Sat 11/9 11:00am - 5:00pm

Production (shoot with provided gear on your own time) 

  • Thu 11/7 - Fri 11/15 

Instructor Office Hours (optional) 

  • Wed 11/13 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Thu 11/14 6:30pm - 9:30pm 


  • Session 6 | Mon 11/18 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Session 7 | Tue 11/19 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Session 8 | Wed 11/20 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Session 9 | Thu 11/21 6:30pm - 9:30pm 
  • Session 10 | Sat 11/23 11:00am - 5:00pm 

All DCTV Workshops have limited enrollment and require registration in advance. By enrolling you verify you have basic Mac OS X literacy and have read and agree to the prerequisites above and our Workshops Policies.

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Refund Policy
We understand that emergencies and last minute changes happen. Note that we are also serving many people and want to ensure fairness and keep prices low.

Student Cancellation Details:
If you register for a workshop and are unable to attend, we can offer the following compensation:

If your cancellation is confirmed by DCTV:
* at least 5 full business days prior to workshopʼs start date - You can receive 
Full Refund
* at least 2 full business days prior to workshopʼs start date - Full Credit (valid for 3 months) or a 50% Refund
* less than 2 business days prior to workshopʼs start date - No compensation
No compensation, neither Refund nor Credit is available for cancellations less than 2 full business days prior to a workshopʼs start time or for non-attendance. For example, if you cancel your registration for a workshop that starts at 6:30pm on Monday, we must confirm your cancellation no later than 6:30pm the Thursday before. There are absolutely no make-ups allowed for any missed session(s) of a workshop. It is not possible for students to make up a missed session of their Workshop by attending an equivalent session on another day. There are no refunds for missed sessions.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare 12 $1,200
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Nov 05 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Wed, Nov 06 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Thu, Nov 07 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Sat, Nov 09 11:00am - 5:00pm Teodora Altomare
Wed, Nov 13 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Thu, Nov 14 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Mon, Nov 18 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Tue, Nov 19 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Wed, Nov 20 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Thu, Nov 21 6:30pm - 9:30pm Teodora Altomare
Sat, Nov 23 11:00am - 5:00pm Teodora Altomare

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Docu Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 12/21/2015
The instructors were knowledgeable and helpful, but the administration of the course was somewhat unorganized. We didn't always get the materials we needed (like the syllabus for the second week) without asking. Coursehorse also had the dates listed incorrectly.
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