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Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking with Mobile Apps


Learn the basics of documentary filmmaking using your smartphone! 

This four-week course will introduce participants to practical skills needed to shoot and edit a short documentary film. Between classes, student will be expected to apply these skills and work on creating their own original documentary. Participants’ documentary film projects will be shown at a public screening at the end of the four week session. Students will also see a demo of Final Cut Pro.

Classes: November 14, 21, 28, and December 5 from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Final project screening: December 8 at 3:00pm

Participants are expected attend all sessions and participate fully. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of accomplishment from the U.S. Embassy. 

This course is taught by Matthew Nelson, an English Language Fellow in Pokhara, Nepal. Originally from California, Matthew has lived in over a dozen cities in the U.S. and abroad. He has taught English as a Second Language in a variety of contexts, including at public schools and adult education programs in the U.S., at a program for military officers in Lithuania, and as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Russia. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Foreign Languages from Lewis and Clark College. In addition to teaching English, Matthew produces electronic music and does freelance video editing. 

Seats are limited. Interested students must apply. Selected participants will be notified by November 12th.


No filmmaking experience required. Participants will need an Android or iOS smartphone device. Total expected time commitment is five hours per week (two hours in class and three hours of practical work at home).

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