Summertime Stories

A five-week, hands-on documentary filmmaking workshop for teens with Emmy Award-winner, Mick Davie.

In this five-week workshop, National Geographic explorer and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Mick Davie will teach the art of documentary storytelling. Participants will work in small teams and be guided step-by-step through the process of making their own short documentary. With a focus on personal storytelling, participants will be encouraged to examine their own lives and those of the people around them to identify a meaningful and topical narrative they can translate onto the screen.

THE WORKSHOP
Weekly classes will focus on practical filmmaking skills, from documentary storytelling to the fundamentals of filmmaking including preparing for the shot, framing the shot, and capturing audio. At the end of five weeks participants will screen their work in front of their classmates. It's going to be rigorous and lots of fun!
EQUIPMENT
-Desktop/laptop with webcam, microphone & audio capability
-Internet connection
-Camera, such as prosumer camera, DSLR or cell phone that can shoot high quality footage
THE TEAM
MICK DAVIE, Instructor
DAVID BIBBEY, Technical Advisor
LEIGH ANNE SIDES, Editor
WHEN 
5 weeks: June 21 – July 22 
Workshops will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 to noon
WHO
High School through college, freshman year.
COST
The cost of the program is $450. Tuition assistance is need-based.
APPLY
Please write a brief statement (100-150 words) addressing why you feel documentary filmmaking is an interesting or important medium.

Feel free to share any experiences or related coursework, and a couple of samples of your writing or camera/video work.

Send completed application or for any questions contact: Alex Giannini at agiannini@westportlibrary.org 

SCHEDULE:

WEEK 1

-Mick Davie introduction and how to find YOUR story.
-Identifying the key ingredients: conflict, plot, characters, location, story arc
-Pre-Production: pitching, shoot plan, shot lists, character development

WEEK 2

-Camera basics 1: framing, composition, movement, lighting, lenses
-Camera basics 2: shot structure, the decisive moment, why sound matters
-The interview: the art of listening; open-ended questions, making your subject comfortable

Students shoot their project over the weekend

WEEK 3

-The pre-edit: watching and logging footage, identifying story strengths
-The paper-edit: structuring your story and how films are made – or broken – in the edit
-Edit Prep: music and effects; Uploading and media management

Students edit at home over the weekend

WEEK 4

-Rough Cut Screenings: each team watches film with Mick and receives feedback
-Fine Cut: teams polish projects with support of Emmy Award winning editor

WEEK 5

-Picture lock: teams finish projects with support of Emmy Award winning editor
-Final screenings with classmates and peer feedback

MEET THE TEAM

Michael Davie, Instructor

Michael Davie is a Producer, Executive Producer and Director who most recently co-created and served as Series Director on Oprah Winfrey’s BELIEF, a landmark television event The Atlantic called “an epic spiritual series” and “not to be missed.”

As an Executive Producer for Harbers Studios in New York Michael oversaw production on a dozen documentaries investigating the impact of climate change in the developing world for RIPPLE EFFECT IMAGES. At National Geographic Television he created WORLD DIARIES a series which took viewers into some of the planet’s most dangerous places. Films included HONOR AMONG MEN and APARTHEID’S CHILDREN which featured Nelson Mandela.

His feature documentary THE CHOIR, about music in a South African prison, was hailed as “soulful and rigorously tough” by Variety, and won the AFI Best Director Award. His films WAR CHILD and GORILLA MURDERS were both awarded Emmys for outstanding investigative journalism. For the film LIBERIA: AMERICAN DREAM? Michael and his team were awarded the prestigious Edward R Murrow and Columbia DuPont awards.

If you're interested in seeing samples of Michael’s work and a full list of credits please visit http://www.michaeldavie.com/
David Bibbey, Technical Advisor

Our media studios producer and technical advisor for the Filmmaking Camp, David Bibbey, is an Emmy Award winning broadcast TV producer, host/presenter, corporate videographer, event emcee and a poet laureate.

David hosted and produced CPTV’s ‘All Things Connecticut’, ‘Connecticut Cultural Treasures’ and was the concept creator, producer and host of the ‘Breaking Bread’ series.
Leigh Anne Sides - Editor

Leigh Anne Sides is a director, editor, producer, and writer who has been working in the entertainment industry for many years. In addition to work on documentaries for PBS and National Geographic, Sides worked as an editor/producer for CNN's Amanpour & Co, Sides has worked for CBS, NBC, The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel and many other major broadcast, cable and digital outlets.

Sides was invited to take part in the Sundance Institute's Filmmakers’ Workshop and she has received various awards and honorable mentions for her work, including an Oscar, a Peabody, nine national Emmy nominations and a Ciné Golden Eagle for her work on the Exposé episode “In a Small Town”.
The Documentary Filmmaking Camp is made possible by the continuing generosity of Roz and Bud Siegel.
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