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CPD 225-S18-1 | Documentary Film

CPD 225-S18-1 | Documentary Film

Mon-Fri, 6/4/-6/8, 9AM-4PM, Room 304

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description

This five-day intensive aims to equip students with the skills necessary to shoot and produce powerful, short-form documentaries through compelling video and audio. Students will engage in hands-on training in DSLR video, audio, and editing with Premiere. Coursework will be geared toward the beginner to intermediate student and will focus primarily on shooting and production, including interviewing, external sound recording, b-roll, basic lighting and editing. Students will be provided with story ideas in and around Portland, as they will dive headfirst into shooting stories and critiquing colleagues' work. Students will also have access to computer labs and video editing software (Premiere) during and after class hours.

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TUITION: $1075 + FEES: $0. No refunds after May 1 

CEUs: 3.5

Please call 207-699-5061 to confirm enrollment before making non-refundable travel arrangements.
This workshop is associated with the SALT Documentary Studies department, but is separate from the SALT graduate certificate program. Registration is open to the general public.

Ben Severance is a regional EMMY award winning director/editor and the founder of Timber & Frame, a documentary production company whose clients include the United Nations, National Geographic, Swarovski, Country Crock and Motorola. He has directed and produced projects in diverse and challenging locations including the Mexican/US border, Bosnia and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Ben's feature length documentary work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institute, CNN Films, and Points North Institute. Originally a photojournalist who graduated from the nationally renowned photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University, his photography work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, National Press Photographers Association and the William Randolph Hearst Competition, known as the Pulitzers of college journalism.



  • Students should ideally bring their own 35 mm DSLR camera (with owner‰'s manual); however, there are a limited number of Canon t2i cameras and basic lenses available for students to use. Availability cannot be guaranteed.
  • In order to bring digital copies of your recordings and edited work home with you, students are asked to bring a 500GB (or larger) external hard drive

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