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Documentary Film II: Intermediate Documentary Class

Documentary Film II: Intermediate Documentary Class

April 22 & April 24 | 7pm - 10pm

Location: WFG Media Lab
Registration Fee: 70 – 90
Instructor: Justina Neepin & JJ Neepin

WFG Media Lab | April 22 & April 24 | 7pm – 10pm

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.


Notice Given:                                           Eligible for:

At least 7 days prior to start date             Full refund

7 days to 48 hours prior to start date     Full refund less 20% administration fee

Less than 48 hours prior to start date     No refund

-The Winnipeg Film Group reserves the right to cancel any course where the minimum registration has not been met. Anyone registered for a course that has been cancelled is eligible for a full refund, Cancelled course fees may also be used towards any other Winnipeg Film Group training programs.

Contact training@winnipegfilmgroup.com for more info!

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