Cinematography for Documentaries Boot Camp

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Documentary cinematographers shape the style and tone of a film; they know how to adapt at a moment’s notice, and incorporate current technological offerings into their production. In this day-long new boot camp from IFC Center and DOC NYC PRO, we’ll hear from five documentary cinematographers one-on-one with a moderator, sharing best practices, clips, and examples from films they’ve worked on. Ticket price also includes admission to and a free drink at a post-workshop happy hour networking session!

    Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ross Kaufman will share his insights on how to tell a truthful story with eye-catching images, while not exploiting subjects.

    What do you show to an audience when you’re trying to show the invisible? From schizophrenia to surveillance, filmmaker Nanfu Wang has had to overcome creative challenges in order to make visually compelling images out of ideas our eyes can’t see – learn from her how to visualize the abstract.

    Quenell Jones (Hustler’s Convention, Get Out) has used a variety of techniques and styles in his diverse career. He’ll speak in this workshop about how lens choices can help influence the story and how handheld or tableau framing can help create style, while using excerpts of his work as examples.


    What happens when the story you’re shooting changes? Learn from award-winning documentary shooter Amber Fares about how to be adaptable behind the camera.

    The many works in Bob Richman’s long career (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) have one thing in common – his vérité style. Learn from Bob what that style means and how it’s changed and evolved over the years.

    Join fellow attendees and our industry guests for a free drink on the house at a nearby bar and talk about everything you’ve learned!




  • Running Time 360 minutes

IFC Center does not generally provide advisories about subject matter or potentially triggering content in films, as sensitivities vary from person to person. In addition to the synopses, trailers and other links on our website, further information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media, IMDb and as well as through general internet searches.