Artistic Practice in Documentary: From Stills to Videos
February 7, 2019 – February 10, 2019
Instructors: Ed Kashi, Carlos Javier Ortiz
Location: San Francisco
Cost: $1600 USD
Duration: 4 Days
Class size: 15
Skill level: Advanced amateurs and professionals
Documentary work is flourishing around the world today. From linear narrative storytelling on important issues to more conceptual, personal approaches, this is a glorious time for doing documentary work. This very special workshop will be a non-shooting experience with intensive discussions on topics ranging from Carlos and Ed’s artistic practice to their business models. Between these two instructors, they bring more than 60 years of cumulative experience in the fields of photojournalism, documentary photography and filmmaking. We will focus on the how Carlos and Ed use photography and film/video to create visual narratives, advocacy work and how to collaborate with creative partners and activists/NGOs/foundations/non-profits, writing and editing skills, grant writing, funding, and research. Students would be expected to either bring a project in progress or finished, or a serious idea they are trying to get off the ground. There would also be intensive reviews and editing of existing work. The students will walk away with a wealth of practical and philosophical knowledge on how to propel their ideas and personal projects to a new level of quality, artistic expression and social impact.
Day 1: Thursday, February 7
Meet and greet between participants and instructors, brief presentations by both instructors and a review of participants’ projects/ideas, with free-ranging discussion about both specific and general comments within the group
Day 2: Friday, February 8
Continuation (if needed) of review of participants’ projects until everyone has presented and received comments and feedback, a series of lectures/group discussions on the subjects of: Finding Your Topic, Developing Visual Narratives, Visual Strategies and finding Collaborators to produce and disseminate your projects
Day 3: Saturday, February 9
Lectures/group discussions on Advocacy, Shooting Video and Stills, Funding and the importance of Writing, Research and Editing
Day 4: Sunday, February 10
The day will be dedicated to reviewing and editing each participants’ project anew, setting up an agenda to either finish or move their projects forward, getting down to the specifics for each participant, so they leave the workshop energized and clear on what their next steps will be.
It will be best to stay in either Berkeley, Oakland or San Francisco. You will need to bring a laptop and hard drive or USB stick to transfer your work. Bring no more than 40 images or 10 minutes of video. We will not provide food so meals are on the students.
All health, travel and other potential liabilities are the responsibility of the student and should be covered adequately by their own insurance. We strongly recommend you consult with your own physician about health issues and take out travel insurance for your belongings. Please check about visa requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.