Hands-on Video Production for Nonprofits (IE1-1113)

Oct 13, 2016 9:30 AM - Nov 03, 2016 12:30 PM EDT

Docs In Progress "Documentary House"

8700 1st Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

Event Description

Docs In Progress is offering a hands-on workshop on documentary-style video production for nonprofit organizations to develop skills in telling their stories through video.  This annual workshop involves seven daytime sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 13-November 3. 
While this is modeled on our existing Intro to Documentary Production class, the curriculum has been adapted for the specific needs of nonprofits, and we are also able to offer this class at a much lower fee because it is partially subsidized by grants. Because we only have spots for up to nine participants, acceptance into this program is by application only.  

August 1: Applications Open
September 19: Deadline to Apply APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
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While the Nonprofit Workshop is only offered once per year, we offer other video production and editing classes year-round. See what's coming up.
September 30: Applicants Notified of Acceptance
October 7: Registration Fee Due
October 13: First Day of Class (see full schedule below)

As a nonprofit ourselves, Docs In Progress knows how important it is to tell the story of what you do, who you serve, and what difference you make in the community. In today's landscape, you really can't do that without video. It's an important component of your website and other communications such as e-mail and social media. Videos are ubiquitous at donor-focused events. There are even grant-makers who require a video as part of the proposal process. Yet too many nonprofit videos suffer from an over-reliance on unedited shaky cell phone coverage of an event, dull talking heads, or no clear call to action.

This workshop focuses on how to bring documentary-style storytelling into nonprofit videos -- engaging viewers in the work you do by using visual language, characters, action, and a storyline. Whether you want to improve your abilities to produce videos in-house or simply have a better understanding of what goes into telling a great story through video if you are working with an outside production company, this workshop will be helpful. 

This workshop is intended to help nonprofits improve their outreach and fundraising capacity by adding video to their marketing toolbox. Past participants have included Marketing or Communications staff (everyone from Directors to interns), Executive Directors, and Board Members (for all-volunteer organizations). The key is that prospective participants represent a specific nonprofit in the Washington DC/Baltimore Metro Area and come with written approval from a supervisor (or Board Chair in the case of Executive Directors or Board Members) to attend ALL sessions of this workshop. While more than one person can apply from each organization, our first priority is to ensure a diversity of participating organizations. Because of the nature of this training, every accepted participant must attend all sessions (i.e., one registration cannot be split between two people). Please do not apply if you cannot attend all sessions.

This is not a theoretical workshop. Every participant will learn the ins-and-outs of how to use a camera and edit video. Every participant will also have the potential of having his/her organization serve as the subject of one of several videos produced in the workshop. Because filmmaking is a collaborative art, we teach participants how to work in small teams. Each team will produce one video about an organization, likely resulting in three videos produced in the workshop. While that means that not every participating nonprofit will get a video about their organization directly from this program, every participant will bring back essential skills in pre-production, production and video editing, as well as the experience of conceptualizing and pitching a story about the work of their organization for consideration as one of the videos. 

Session 1: Thursday, October 13 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm: Identifying Stories
Session 2: Tuesday, October 18 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm: Pitching Stories, Visual Language, Pre-Production
Session 3: Thursday, October 20 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm: Camera and Sound, Interviewing Skills
[While we have allotted Session 4 for production, depending on schedule of subjects, you may take cameras to do additional production between Session 3 and Session 4] 
Session 4: Tuesday, October 25 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm Production Offsite
Session 5: Thursday, October 27 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm Intro to Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro
Session 6: Tuesday, November 1 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm Editing
Session 7: Thursday, November 3 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm Editing
[For Sessions 6 and 7, participants may opt to stay until 3:30 pm if they need additional editing time]

Thanks to the support of the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Docs In Progress is able to offer this workshop at a greatly reduced rate which is more affordable for nonprofits. The cost for the entire workshop is $150 for nonprofits based in Maryland or $250 for nonprofits based in Washington DC or Virginia. (By comparison, our regular Production classes cost more than $600).

We provide all equipment during the workshop, and the instructor can make suggestions of cost-effective equipment for your needs if you are interested in continuing with in-house video production after the workshop concludes.

Sam Hampton co-founded Docs In Progress as a nonprofit organization in 2008 and served on its founding staff from 2009-2012. He was instrumental in developing the organization’s core curriculum of adult and youth educational programs and remains a key advisor and teaching artist of Docs In Progress classes. Sam balances his time between consulting with nonprofits through Hampton Consulting and Film, and producing award-winning documentaries for the educational market. His films include My Mother’s Journey; Hidden Books; Mr. Stokes’ Mission, and Transcending Surgeon. Sam has more than 25 years of experience working on social justice issues, including directing a national model community technology center and managing strategic planning and grants management for minority-serving colleges and universities. 




Docs In Progress "Documentary House"
8700 1st Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
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