Documentary Film II: Intermediate Documentary Class
April 22 - April 24$70 – $90
Documentary Filmmaking II: A follow up to the two day Introduction to Documentary, Doc Film II will dive further into the various branches of documentary and the bigger obstacles you may encounter as your next project is likely more ambitious than your ﬁrst.
Further we’ll discuss verbal pitching, networking, meetings and budgeting. And ﬁnally, everyone’s favourite part, the paperwork.
Are you a ﬁlmmaker making the move to your ﬁrst documentary and need guidance?
Have you already completed a documentary and want to reﬁne your skills for the next one?
Or perhaps you’re working for a documentary series as a writer or director, what is expected of you? Let’s discuss.
DAY 1 – From the eye of the Writer/Director
• What is your story? Your past/current projects will shape this course and it’s main focus
• Back to Basics (Brieﬂy) What is the story? | Where does the story ﬁt? Finding it’s format
• Planning and Writing: Choosing Crew, Interviews, coverage, magic of B-Roll and research • Present a plan! Budget/Schedule/Delivery – the ideals
• Present the paperwork! Script, outline, interviews, paper edits, template VS no template
• The Pitch! One on one OR on stage – let’s prepare
• Starting a one-sheet
DAY 2 – From the eye of the Producer
• Pitching your idea to Producers/Broadcasters
• Working with Producers and Broadcasters (I hope you like each other)
• Paperwork is back! (Not as intimating as you think)
Getting into the details: • Budgeting – Getting started and ﬁnishing the project
• Scheduling – Plan A to Z and improvise
• Deliverables – Be proud, it’s done!
• Penny for your thoughts: brief discussion on payroll, accounting, and taxes for your project
• A ﬁnished one-sheet of your project
Students will be asked to bring in their documentary project or ideas for discussion. We recommend students have a current project of some kind but it’s not a necessity.
About the Instructor(s):
JJ Neepin is an indigenous Writer & Director based out of Winnipeg. With her sister and Producer Justina Neepin, they have created several short ﬁlms with their production company JJNeepinFilms INC. Their ﬁlms have screened at ﬁlm festivals around the world, including ImagineNative and Hot Docs in Toronto, LA Skins Festival in LosAngeles, and MaoriLand in New Zealand.
JJ has directed several episodes of EagleVision’s True Crime documentary series Taken, APTN’s ghost investigation show, The Other Side and several other documentary television. Constantly honing her craft, JJ has participated in the competitive 2018 Women in the Director’s Chair; Story & Leadership program, the 2017 Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Women Director’s Apprenticeship and various ﬁlmmaker mentorships with Hot Docs and NSI.
Justina Neepin is a Cree ﬁlmmaker living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Film from the University of Manitoba and completed the National Screen Institute’s New Voices program. In 2012, Justina won the Inaugural RBC Emerging Filmmaker Award pitch competition at the Gimli Festival, which included a cash prize to make her ﬁrst short ﬁlm MARK.
Justina with her sister JJ started their own production company, JJNeepinFilms INC, and aspire to make and share their own stories. Since 2014 the pair have been making short documentaries that have played in various international ﬁlm festivals, including their doc Headdress, which premiered at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival. Laundry Day, their latest ﬁlm made from the WNDX One-Take Super 8 event, has played at several ﬁlm festivals in North America.
Justina volunteers with the Indigenous Filmmaker Association as a board member and facilitated the Inaugural Indigenous Film Summit in Winnipeg. She also curates a ﬁlm screening every year with Art Fest, showcasing local Indigenous Female Filmmakers.