CampusDoc – English

Are you a highly-motivated student with the ambition to become a renowned documentary film maker? Then apply to our exclusive CampusDoc International Minor programme and join the club of CampusDoc alumni.

During one semester, you’ll learn to produce, film, edit, and sell your own 20-minute video documentary.

This is an intensive programme; you can expect to work long hours and adhere to tight deadlines. But the rewards are evident: past CampusDoc productions have been screened at festivals around the globe. A thorough selection process is therefore part of the application.

The documentaries are produced in teams of two. Participants must be dedicated, hard-working, and able to commit themselves full-time to a project they believe in.

Entry requirements

CampusDoc is meant for talented students interested in video storytelling who want to delve deeper into issues they care about, as well as develop their visual storytelling skills beyond what is required in standard broadcast journalism.

To apply to the programme, your English language skills must be at CEFR level B2. In addition:

  • You are an advanced student, preferably in Journalism, Media, or Film;
  • Possess existing journalism/video skills – either through education or through work;
  • Demonstrate a serious interest in documentary film making.

To apply you must submit the following:

  • A pitch* in which you present your plan for the documentary;
  • A motivation letter and CV;
  • A video showreel (1.00 min).

If you indicate this minor as your first preference, let the minor coordinator Brian Maston know (brian.maston@hu.nl). He will inform you further about what exactly is expected.

*The first pitch round is April 6, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The next rounds are scheduled for May 6 and June 1. An other date in the fall will follow.

Content

The minor will take you through the entire process of documentary film production: from concept to premier. You will also complete additional video assignments and work on perfecting your technical and storytelling skills, as well as develop a distribution plan based on your expectations and goals for the film.

HU operates this programme in collaboration with various international partners, including the City University of New York (CUNY), and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). The course includes a study trip to one of these partner institutes.

The minor consists of:

  • An introduction to storytelling and narrative strategies;
  • Advanced filming, editing, and post-production;
  • Drafting an extended production plan and shooting script based on real-world research;
  • Launching a real crowdfunding campaign to finance your doc;
  • Delivering a package of (promotional) artwork, a trailer and a 20-minute video documentary;
  • Developing an international distribution plan;
  • Insight into intellectual property and royalties;
  • Insight into film festival culture and personal branding.

Learning objectives

Our goals are ambitious and the course is an intense pressure-cooker period of long hours and demanding deadlines.

CampusDoc covers all aspects of the documentary filmmaking process; we are unique among other documentary programmes in that we combine hands-on coaching and theories on film analysis and script-writing with tutorials from editors, researchers, filmmakers, as well as producers, entertainment lawyers and distributors. The goal is for participants to get their work seen and go on to make new work long after having completed CampusDoc.

Courses

The programme contains the following:

Title Activities
Pre-production Preparation, research, script development
Production Filming & editing your documentary
Post-production Colour grading, sound design, artwork, 1’00” trailer
Distribution Plan Crowdfunding, e-commerce-global market film festivals

Assessment

CampusDoc uses a holistic, integrated assessment process, conducted by two supervisors who consider your work during the entire process, specifically:

  • Production plan;
  • Final shooting script;
  • Marketing and distribution plan;
  • 20-minute journalistic video documentary;
  • Festival package: documentary + artwork + trailer *See website for examples of festival packages: http://www.campusdoc.net

Literature

The minor will be taught based on the following literature. Before the start of the course you will receive/be issued the final reading list.

  • Directing the Documentary, 6e Edition, Michael Rabiger
  • In the Blink of an Eye, Walter Murch
  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

Schedule

Courses take place five days a week, and can continue into the evening.

Additional costs

For the study trip to one of our partner institutes (City University of New York, or Cork) you’ll need a travel budget of € 1,800.

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