Summer Film School

Documentary Filmmaking A-Z

An intensive program working with independent documentary filmmakers.

June 2 – July 2, 2014

During the month of June, MassArt offers a unique, intensive, sequential documentary filmmaking program with award-winning filmmakers that is like a mini-film school. This year, the program has expanded with a new class devoted exclusively to sound. Take the full program and learn what might take more than a year otherwise. Or take any single class or combination of classes that fits your experience or needs. For students from out of town or interested in focusing only on their class(es), a residential option is available in MassArt's Artists Residence located across the street from studio classrooms and one block from the Museum of Fine Arts.

June 2 – 6: Documentary Video Boot Camp with Michael Sheridan
June 9 – 13: The Documentary Camera with Stephen Maing
June 16 – 20: Documentary Sound with Eric Masunaga
June 23 – 27: Editing the Documentary with Julie Mallozzi 
June 30 - July 2: Producing the Documentary Kathryn Dietz

Course Descriptions

Documentary Video Boot Camp
The full production experience in fast motion: project definition, project planning, camera, editing, and presentation. All with an introduction to context and history of independent documentary production, all in one week. Open to all levels.

The Documentary Camera
Hand-held camera, sit down interviews, observational, location filming— the camera tells the story. Learn to do more than just capture a moment. Think about how to frame the story through the camera and what that means for how the viewer experiences it. Basic camera knowledge or Documentary Video Boot Camp suggested.

Sound for Documentary
Sound is at least half the picture. Learn successful approaches to sound through analysis, hands-on recording, mixing and editing demos and exercises and assignments.

Editing the Documentary
Editing is essentially directing in post-production. Work with experienced editors to explore editing techniques and styles as they relate to documentary production. Even for non-editors, understanding editing is a great way to be better prepared for and do a better job in production. Basic knowledge of digital editing required.

Producing the Documentary
Intensive prep for anyone serious about making their own documentary. Learn how the pros prepare for production: planning, writing, budgeting, fundraising. Open to all levels.


Michael Sheridan is a filmmaker and artist whose work addresses issues of social development and the tipping point between order and chaos. His documentary work has been on PBS, The Learning Channel, Discovery Network and National Geographic TV, and his artworks have been exhibited at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boston Cyberarts Festival and the GASP gallery in Boston. He is the Director of Community Supported Film, an organization that trains filmmakers from poor and developing countries to tell important stories from local perspectives. His ongoing project, Brewing Tea in a Kettle of War, about Afghanistan, is being produced with CSF trained filmmakers in Afghanistan.  Michael has taught at Northeastern, MassArt and at the former Boston Film/Video Foundation. He has an MFA from MassArt.

Steve Maing has worked in documentary and narrative film as director, cinematographer, and editor. His film, High Tech, Low Life, a documentary about two Chinese citizen journalists, was funded by the Independent Television Service and Sundance Documentary Fund, and was a selection at Tribeca All Access in 2009. The film premieried and competed in the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival World Documentary Competition, played in IFFBoston and had an international premiere at Hot Docs, in Toronto. More recently Steve has produced several short films for the New York Times Op Docs. Steve's other films and projects have won awards and screened in festivals and on public television across the US.

Eric Masunaga is a composer, sound recordist and sound mixer, who has worked on location, on set and in post-production on feature and documentary film. For the past 10 years he has been Finishing Supervisor for Modulus Studios, a pciture mastering and 5.1 surround mixing facility in Brighton, MA. His credits include the sound mixes for indie director Andrew Bujalksi's films.

Julie Mallozzi is an independent filmmaker whose works have been screened at festivals and in theaters throughout the US and broadcast on PBS, and she has also been a producer for a number of PBS programs. Julie studied filmmaking as an undergraduate at Harvard, where she has also taught, and has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Kathryn Dietz is currently Executive Director of Filmmakers Collaborative, and is executive producing two films, Nasser: An Egyptian Story by Michal Goldman, and The American Revolution by Bill Lichtenstein. Previously, she co-founded and co-owned Ambrica Productions, a NY based company through which she produced numerous award-winning films for PBS, including Young and Restless in China (2008), China in the Red (2003) and the series CHINA: A Century in Revolution (1989- 1997) for Frontline, and Mary Pickford (2005) and Eleanor Roosevelt (2003) for American Experience. 

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For information contact

617 879 7200

Watch a video on the Summer Film School

Documentary Video Bootcamp

Program Information and Costs

Each class can be taken for 1 credit except Producing the Documentary
Course cost $750 for each class except
Producing the Documentary: $425


Residential housing nightly rate $75 single or $55 shared 
Meals are not included. TV, linens and parking extra.