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.

Films completed in this course are eligible to be screened at multiple ASoF student showcases, including our SXSW Official Film Community Screening scheduled for March 2019.

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INSTRUCTOR: Matthew Koshmri is a filmmaker and cinematographer born and raised in Minnesota. After graduating with a B.A. in film production from Emerson College, he moved to Daegu, South Korea where he continued his work as a filmmaker at Daegu Compass, an arts & culture magazine. Matthew has worked as a DP on short films that have screened throughout South Korea and the USA, including the Austin FF, Daegu Independent Short FF, and the Minneapolis St. Paul IFF. Spring of 2016 Matthew was commissioned by the National Science Foundation to travel to the Antarctic Peninsula to film a paleontological expedition. He is now working on a documentary to be coproduced with the Carnegie Museum about the evolution of dinosaurs in Antarctica and the paleontological process in extreme climates. As an MFA candidate at the University of Texas in Austin, Matthew focused on documentary films that explore the evolution of tradition, individual and national identity, and unseen processes. He is currently finishing his first feature documentary film, Dokdo: Lone Island which covers the disputed sovereignty over Dokdo, an island that has been one of the greatest points of contention between South Korea and Japan since the end of WWII.

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 16 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.