Odyssey Intensive: Documentary Production

One-Week Course, meets daily

Residential: July 19-July 25, 2021 -- $1500
Day Camp: July 19-July 23, 2021 -- $1200

Interested in telling stories about the world around you? Presented by the Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts, this new one-week intensive day and residential summer camp teaches the art of documentary production for students aged 13-18.

During the week, students will learn the fundamentals of non-fiction storytelling, become familiar with a variety of documentary styles, and acquire basic filmmaking skills through interactive workshops. Film screenings of exceptional documentaries will illuminate the form, as well as special guest lectures from industry professionals who will speak about their experiences in the field.

Working independently or part of a group, students will use filmmaking techniques they learn to create a short documentary film, which will be screened in a show on the final day of the program.


How to pick a compelling subject
The difference between observational, expository, and advocacy documentary forms
How to stage and film an interview
How to capture reality as it happens with a camera
How to work together on a film crew
How to record usable sound on location
How to edit documentary footage for story


Watch stylish and thought-provoking documentaries
Get a look behind the scenes from industry professionals
Discuss new styles and trends in the field
Build your filmmaking skillset with hands on experience
Use the film school’s ample resources to create your own film

All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students. In addition to staying in the dorms and getting a feel for CSU campus life, residential students will enjoy a full slate activities and trips during the evening and weekend hours.

This program is made possible by a generous gift from Lee and Ageleke Zapis.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

School of Film & Media Arts
1375 Euclid Avenue (Idea Center), Suite 600, Cleveland, Ohio

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Arts, Film

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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$1500 for residential campers, $1200 for day campers



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