Filmmaking Workshops for Teens

Every spring and summer, Docs In Progress offers documentary filmmaking workshops which give youth participants the tools to express themselves through video in a fun and educational small group environment.

This summer we’re offering three sessions of our Teen Filmmaking Workshops in both virtual and in-person formats. 

Session 1 - In-Person | June 28 - July 9 (except July 5)
This workshop will be held in-person at the Docs In Progress office in downtown Silver Spring and is open to youth ages 13 - 17. Participants will work in small teams to plan, shoot and edit a short documentary. Under staff supervision, participants will work in and around downtown Silver Spring to film their stories.

The workshop participants will be provided access and training with video cameras and editing equipment. Final film projects will be shown on the last day of the program in a mini-film festival for family and friends. The documentaries may also be featured at the Community Stories Film Festival later in the year. 

The program runs from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each weekday with the exception of July 5th. We will be closed in observance of Independence Day. We have a refrigerator for campers to store their lunches. We provide water and snacks throughout the day. The workshop is capped at 10 students.

To register for the Session 2 workshop, SIGN UP HERE.

Session 2 - Virtual | July 19 - 30

This workshop will be held virtually over Zoom and is open to young people ages 13 - 17. Every day, students will meet from 10 am to noon to learn about documentary filmmaking. Then in the afternoons from 1 - 3 pm, they will work on their own documentary projects with guidance from the teaching artist. The workshop will cover the basic elements of filmmaking including story development, visual composition, camera movement, interview basics, audio and editing.

By the end of the workshop, students will have produced and directed their own documentary. To celebrate, we will host a family and friends virtual screening and Q&A.

Each participant will receive a loaner gear bag with an iPad, tripod and microphone. The workshop is capped at 10 students. In addition to the teaching artist, there is a teaching assistant who will also be available to help students.

To register for the Session 3 workshop, SIGN UP HERE.

Session 3 - In-Person | August 9 - 20
This workshop will be held in-person at the Docs In Progress office in downtown Silver Spring and is open to youth ages 13 - 17. Participants will work in small teams to plan, shoot and edit a short documentary. Under staff supervision, participants will work in and around downtown Silver Spring to film their stories.

The workshop participants will be provided access and training with video cameras and editing equipment. Final film projects will be shown on the last day of the program in a mini-film festival for family and friends. The documentaries may also be featured at the Community Stories Film Festival later in the year. 

The program runs from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each weekday. We have a refrigerator for campers to store their lunches. We provide water and snacks throughout the day. The workshop is capped at 10 students.

To register for the Session 4 workshop, SIGN UP HERE.


Below are a few of the documentaries produced by the young filmmakers in the 2020 virtual workshop.