documentary first semester program

Sept. 2 - Dec. 16, 2022

In the first semester Documentary Production course, students complete numerous shooting assignments designed to develop critical skills in documentary film language, camera technique and editing. Lectures, demonstrations, screenings, and analytical exercises provide the foundation for the fieldwork.


Topics covered include

• Documentary camera and coverage techniques
• Interviewing techniques
• Research
• Preproduction
• Documentary themes and genres
• Documentary story structure and analysis
• Standard production practices and organization
• Documentary Ethics
• Authorship/Voice in Documentary

Exercises are shot both in and out of class on almost a weekly basis. Each student will also produce and direct a 5-minute documentary short film on a subject of his/her own choosing.

Specialized courses in Editing and Cinematography are the other key components of the program. Students learn to edit on Avid Xpress Media Composer and learn shooting and lighting theory across a range of formats, including Sony XDCAM, Blackmagic and Arri.

Supplementing the practical component of the course, the documentary program will draw upon a rich pool of international and historical documentaries crossing themes and genres providing the student with a varied palette of documentary styles, techniques and approaches they can apply to their own work.


Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 2020
Engin Erden's short film "Octopus" accepted into Official Selection

Miami Film Festival 2020
Congratulations to Aeden O'Connor Agurcia for winning the Audience Award at the 37th Miami Film Festival with his feature debut "90 Minutes."

Sarajevo Film Festival 2019
Demet Derelioğlu Aran's short, The Night Before, co-produced by alumni Steve Reverand and Martin Raiman's The Lab, is selected for the 2019 edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Tribeca Film Festival 2019
Three Prague Film School students have their features in the Official Selection at Tribeca: Ani Simone Kennedy, Caitlin Burke and Emily Cohn. Congratulations to Ani Simone Kennedy for receiving the Special jury mention for “The Short History of the Long Road.”

Cannes 2016
Simon Vahlne gets latest film Fight on a Swedish Beach in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2016 Short Film Competition

Venice Film Festival - Biennale de Venezia 2016
Giovanni Fumu's latest film accepted for the Official Selection of Biennale de Venezia 2016 Film Competition

Beijing Independent Film Festival 2016
Ran Li wins "Best Fiction Film Prize" at the prestigious Beijing Independent Film Festival with her graduation film Lucie

Locarno 2015
Raam Reddy (2012) - director - and Doron Tempert (2012) - DOP - win both Best Feature Film and Best Debut Feature at Locarno Film Festival 2015 for Thithi, now available on Netflix worldwide.

Cannes 2015
Ziya Demirel (2011 - 2012) gets latest film Tuesday in the Official Selection of Cannes Festival 2015 Short Film Competition

EMMY 2015
Caitlin Burke (Fall 2006) wins Emmy for 2014 documentary We Could Be King

Sundance 2015
Anne Svejgard Lund (Spring 2011) receives 2015 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for work on acclaimed documentary Russian Woodpecker


June / July / August 2020