Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking


This 10-week course is designed as both a class for creating your own documentary short film and a historical & conceptual analysis of what defines a “documentary.” The goals are to become better filmmakers, storytellers and more knowledgeable and critical viewers of the documentary form. This will be accomplished through readings, lectures, hands-on lab filmmaking exercises and labs, screenings and production assignments. Each student will complete a 5-7 minute documentary short film by the end of the course. In addition to the 10-weeks, students will have two technical training labs scheduled in class. with your instructor.

Films completed in this course are eligible to be featured in multiple ASoF student showcases, including our Official SXSW (South by Southwest) Community Film Screening.

Fall 2019 students have the chance to learn from our guest faculty member and accomplished documentary filmmaker, Tania Romero. Read more about Tania below.

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INSTRUCTOR: Tania Romero is a Nicaraguan filmmaker, teacher, and scholar, has a degree in Psychology with a Film Studies minor and Masters degrees in Media Studies and  Philosophy (Visual Arts). She has worked on several film projects and her credits include editor for a feature documentary “Ya Basta” (2007) which screened at South by Southwest Film Festival, script supervisor for the Cannes Film Festival selected shorts “Sarathi” (2010), “Clay” (2012) and assistant director for “A Perfect Cocktail” (2013). She was also producer/director/editor for the short documentary “Helmets from Heath”(2013) which won Judge’s Choice at the Faces of Austin competition. Her film “Quinceanera” (2015) won a San Francisco Film Award of Merit, was an official selection at the Official Latino Short Film Festival and was screened at the Mexic Arte Museum. Her short “Silla de Ruedas” (2015) was an official selection at the Icaro International Film Festival in Guatemala and the Central American International Film Festival.  “Even with their nails”, a documentary short about women filmmakers in Nicaragua, was screened at Cannes, Cine las Americas in Austin, and won an Icaro Award in Guatemala for Best Documentary Short.  Last year, her short film "Hakla" won the TAMMI award for Best Texas Short at the Cine Las Americas Film Festival.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND: People who want to learn the art of documentary filmmaking, and those working towards their ASoF Digital Video Certificate.

CERTIFICATE: ASoF  Digital Video Certificate Program core class

PREREQUISITES: Digital Filmmaking (for adults) or equivalent filmmaking experience. Students must be at least 18 years old to take this class.

This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.

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