Unscripted Storytelling: Learn The Art of Doc Format


Documentaries are a way to connect communities and provide life changing information. They spotlight important issues, people, or causes and can be created in different formats from short films to social media content. Viewers can access docs on a wide variety of digital platforms such as Instagram or Facebook and in traditional screening settings. It is the beauty of unscripted storytelling that engages the viewer to the topic at hand. 

You may already be a documentary fan and chances are, you’re here because you are considering expanding your media & storytelling skills, but with 5 months left in 2019 - you may think it’s impossible to tackle before the end of the year.

Earlier this spring, Austin School of Film developed a new curriculum with faculty member & documentarian Tania Romero.

Our goal was simple: explore not only why and how you make doc films but with who and what. 


Over the course of 10-weeks, two labs, and multiple production shoots, students create short documentaries and build on their experience as emerging filmmakers and artists through doc-format. With class discussions centered around: types of documentaries, areas of focus and hands-on media skills building, students will walk away with much more than a short doc. 

Not only will you gain technical skills, complete a film, and learn directly under the guidance of a seasoned educator, scholar, and a real documentary filmmaker - you will network, connect, and continue to gain knowledge that can be applied to media projects in your future. We’ve created a relatively intimate class format that allows each participant to explore questions and challenges particular to their project. 

Still not convinced?

Still c/o Tania Romero from our doc course summer session.

Still c/o Tania Romero from our doc course summer session.

Join us August 7 for a free screening of doc shorts created in Austin School of Film's Documentary Filmmaking summer session. If you are interested in learning more about the class, instructor, or the experience of real-life students who completed the course, this is a great opportunity to make that happen. 

Come hear the stories of those who live, work, and breathe in the Lone Star State.

The screening starts at 8pm with Q&A with filmmakers to follow - you can RSVP here or just show up & be ready to mingle!

In celebration, our upcoming Fall 2019 session of Documentary Filmmaking is on sale until Wednesday at 11:59 CT.

With only a handful of seats left, you'll want to jump on this class as it'll be the last session of 2019.

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