Planning a Low-Budget Documentary

Summer 2008 Session

DATES: Wednesdays, August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Instructor: Melissa Thompson
Workshop Location:
Scribe Video Center
4212 Chestnut Street
3rd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fee: $85. Free to current Community Visions participants.

Have an idea for a video documentary project? This intensive workshop is designed for people who want to work in small-format video (DV and miniDV). We will focus on how to creatively develop and break down your idea into a one-page treatment and introduce materials to create project production schedules and a sample budget. This is the ideal workshop for first-time videomakers at the start of their projects.

INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Thompson received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Her award-winning documentaries include In the Weeds: Waiting for a Living, Novices, and Like a Ship in the Night. She has worked as a videographer and editor on major independent documentaries such as Desire: The Teenage Girls’ Documentary Project (directed by Julie Gustafson), as well as on many grassroots media projects with kids, artists, and immigrant communities.