Writing is an essential but often overlooked aspect of the nonfiction filmmaking process. This class puts writing center-stage, as a conceptual/working strategy, and an element of documentary itself — a course based in language but aimed towards images. We will engage in rigorous weekly practice to develop new ways to organize thought and translate ideas into films. From crafting pitches and treatments, to working with transcripts, voice-over, and editing scripts, we will work collaboratively to hone our writing skills for the screen. Each participant will leave with new ideas and skills, material for a short pitch video, and an in-depth creative treatment for their documentary project.
Anna Swanson is a nonfiction/experimental filmmaker, writer, educator, and organizer. She holds an MFA in Film/Video Production from the University of Iowa, and is a co-founder of the Portland-based social justice video collective Sensory Organizing Project.