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Friday, January 4, 2008

Boston Seminar "Start Your Documentary"

This comes to us from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, in association with LPB, ITVS, NBPC, PIC & CAAM, Center for Independent Documentaries, DER, WGBH, The Color of Film Collaborative & Filmmakers Collaborative:

A Weekend Seminar in Boston to Kick-Start Your Documentary

Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, the Documentary Doctor, author of the book "Trailer Mechanics," plus receive project mentoring on your proposal, trailer or documentary idea.

This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage on a documentary project, or are seeking finishing funds.

"Doing your Doc" is designed especially for media makers in the diverse communities of New England,
preparing you to receive production funding and apply to national professional programs while developing your unique stories and views.


FRIDAY, January 11
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Orientation & Program overview
Documentary Case-Study Screening and Filmmaker Q & A

SATURDAY, January 12
9:00 am - 5:00 pm - DOCTORING YOUR DOC: How to Structure Your Documentary

Do you have lots of ideas and even footage but no clue where to get started? Or maybe you are stuck in the cutting room? A solid understanding of story structure is as necessary to your documentary as a strong script is to a fiction film. With hands-on exercises, this full-day workshop is for producers, directors, writers and editors, and can give you the guidelines you need to find solutions that are true to your documentary's style. You will:

* Learn story development techniques
* Learn story structure templates in an innovative and easy way
* Identify common pitfalls that waste your time and money during production and post, and how to avoid them
* Analyze a film as practice for your own project
* Analyze works-in-progress from the audience
Special Lunch presentation on public television funding, and navigating the ITVS and Consortia System

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Private Mentoring Sessions w/ Guest Filmmakers and Funders -
Have your idea, proposal, trailer, pitch or concept evaluated and discussed for the next best steps to realize your project and documentary production.

Bring your work-in-progress, whatever stage it is in - Not required to attend

SUNDAY, January 13
9:00 am - 12:30 pm TRAILER MECHANICS: How to Make Your Fundraising Trailer
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm WORKING LUNCH: The "evolving" Documentary - publishing your progress Online
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Getting your project off the ground -- Elements for successful Proposals and Budgets

"Can I see your trailer?" Let's face it, a fundraising trailer can make or break your film. It can get you funded or it can put you on the "pass" pile. Stop the guess work of what works and what doesn't with this full day workshop for producers, directors, writers and editors.
January 11 - 13, 2008
Bartos Theatre
MIT Media Lab Wiesner Building
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA


Early Registration by January 11 --
$100; Student w/ valid ID -- $50
Includes lunches, workshop materials, books & private project mentoring

At the door -- Registration -- $125; Students -- $75

Register Online - www.nalip.org
Event Sponsors
LPB, ITVS, NBPC, PIC & CAAM, Center for Independent Documentaries,
DER, WGBH, Color of Film Collaborative & Filmmakers Collaborative

(This is a non-RIFC Event)


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