Story Development Bootcamp


Sat Mar 18 2023 at 10:00 am to Sun Mar 19 2023 at 03:00 pm


Docs In Progress | Silver Spring, MD

Learn how to develop a narrative for your documentary film
About this Event

In-Person Workshop at Docs In Progress

Saturday, March 18 & Sunday, March 19 | 10PM-3PM (including 1 hour for lunch, bring your own lunch)

Are you ready to take your documentary film idea to the next level? Look no further! This documentary development bootcamp is designed for anyone who has a documentary project they want to develop and produce.

During this interactive and informative course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the process by which documentary ideas become films. From researching a story and outlining ideas, to developing a treatment, and introducing compelling characters, this bootcamp will guide you through each step of the process. By the end of the course, you'll come away with a firm understanding of how to put your documentary idea into a format that can be produced. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced filmmaker, this bootcamp will provide you with the tools and knowledge to take your documentary ideas to the next level. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their own projects and receive feedback from the instructor and their peers. To ensure that you get the most out of this course, we ask that you come prepared with your story idea and an open mind ready to develop it. Don't miss out on this opportunity to bring your documentary to life!

LOCATION: Docs In Progress

8560 2nd Ave 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. Parking garage, walking distance: Cameron Street Garage. Free parking on weekends. Metro Station Red Line: Silver Spring (walking distance 5-7 minutes).

About the Teaching Artist: Adele Schmidt

Adele Schmidt is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Docs In Progress. She is the managing partner of Zeitgeist Media LLC, a production company that has gained wide recognition for its documentary series on progressive rock music, Romantic Warriors – A Progressive Music Saga which includes the Krautrock Trilogy. Her award-winning films have been shown on television, in festivals and on streaming platforms and they include an Emmy Award, Telly Awards, the Gabriel Award and TIVA-DC Awards.

In addition to more than 20 years working as a producer and director in the field, Adele has extensive teaching experience. She is a professorial lecturer for Film and Video Production and for Developing Non-Fiction Productions at American University in Washington DC since 2009. She also has served as a panelist for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and as a panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council, reviewing applications for the Arts in Education Teaching Artist Roster.

For many years Adele has been sharing her expertise as a consultant for non-fiction productions, helping many filmmakers to succeed with their documentaries. Adele holds a Master Degree in Political Science from the University in Bonn, Germany and a Film Degree from the National Center of the Arts in Mexico City. She routinely produces news stories about American policy with foreign journalists as part of the U.S. State Department's Foreign Press Center's Media Co-Op Program. Originally from Germany, Adele speaks Spanish fluently.

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

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Where is it happening?

Docs In Progress, 8560 2nd Avenue, Silver Spring, United States

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USD 155.00 to USD 185.00

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