Intro to Documentary Production - 5 Saturdays



Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 (5 Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm)


This hands-on class for new filmmakers focuses on how to plan, shoot and edit a short documentary. The class will introduce participants to visual storytelling by combining an interview with B-roll and still photos/archive images. The workshop will include hands-on experience with digital video cameras and the Adobe Premiere editing system.

Camera equipment and access to a computer lab with the Adobe Premiere editing system will be provided. Participants will work in small teams to produce a 3-minute documentary profile piece. Each team will develop their own subject. In addition to learning how to use the equipment, work in a small crew, and plan and structure your story, the class will focus on the interviewing process. Asking well thought out questions not only provides you with the information you’re looking for and helps structure the narrative of your video, it also develops trust and rapport with your subjects. Completed films will be screened at the 2023 Community Stories Film Festival.


This class is held in person at Docs in Progress. The safety of participants and staff remains the top priority for Docs In Progress. Docs In Progress complies with State & County health regulations and follows the safety measures of the MCPS guidelines.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination of workshop participants, the teaching artist and staff is required. Masks are not required. Participants, teaching artist and staff are encouraged to be respectful of an individual’s preference to wear or not wear a mask.


Documentary topics will be Personal Profiles, highlighting the character and work of a featured individual. Participants should come to the first session of class with a person in mind to "pitch" as a documentary subject. Subjects may be participants themselves, relatives, or other members of the local community. An ideal subject will be one who is accessible (i.e., available to be interviewed), and associated with a visually interesting location or activity. The more research you put into your pitch ahead of class, the more prepared your production could be. The class will vote on several of the pitched projects to be produced, then divide into teams of 2 or 3 participants to create each Personal Profile. Filmmaking is a team experience. The finished production process must begin and conclude with all team members.

In addition, participants should plan on spending 4-6 additional hours outside of class time between the third and fourth week of class for shooting. Participants who want additional edit time for their projects will also have the option of staying for two extra hours after the fifth class session and two extra hours after the sixth class session.


8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113 Silver Spring, MD 20910. Docs In Progress is located on the ground level of the Alexander House. The entrance of Docs In Progress is on Apple Ave.


Brian Terrill is currently earning his Master Degree in Film and Video Production at American University in Washington DC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and American Studies from William & Mary. He has taught with Fairfax Collegiate for eight years, leading summer and after school tech classes throughout the Northern Virginia area. Curricula Brian has developed include topics such as Minecraft modding, Raspberry Pi computing, Virtual Reality, and Drones.

As a videographer, Brian has primarily covered sports and events in the DC area. He regularly volunteers at Fairfax Public Access Television, where he produces and hosts Count Gauntly’s Horrors from the Public Domain. Brian enjoys helping students develop the technical skills needed to bring their creative visions to life.


$595 if you register and pay by October 8

$615 if you register and pay by October 20

$625 if you register and pay after October 20


What's the refund policy? If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:

Withdrawal 20 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund

Withdrawal 11-19 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund

Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? You should register the name of the person who will be attending the class even if you are using a different credit card to pay.

Is this program convenient to public transportation or parking? Yes and yes. Docs In Progress is located in downtown Silver Spring, about a 5 minute walk from the Silver Spring Metro and a block from a parking garage. Find out more about our location.

How can I contact the organizer with any additional questions?If you have questions about Docs In Progress educational programs, contact us at [email protected].



October 22, 2022 at 10:00am - 3pm


Docs in Progress
8560 Second Ave
Suite 113
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States
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  • Jolene Carter
    published this page in Events Calendar 2022-10-07 15:23:44 -0400