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Filmmaking at Your Fingertips: The Smartphone Documentarian

November 13, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

$85 – $125
  • This special workshop from Docs In Progress will give participants the opportunity to learn how to get the most out of your smartphones when it comes to video.

    Today’s smartphones carry with them excellent lenses and high resolution video. You’ll learn how to make the most of them just by knowing the devices better. We’ll also look at apps and hardware that further improve your video and sound. From pre-production to post-production, you’ll be able to produce documentaries or documentary-style videos with the “production studio in your pocket.”

    Participants should plan on using their own Smartphone or Tablet (both IOS and Android devices are acceptable).


    Saturday, November 13, from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. There will be a scheduled break for lunch.


    Larry Engel is an Emmy® award-winning producer, writer, director, and cinematographer now in his fifth ​decade of filmmaking that spans all seven continents. He’s worked on over 250 projects for domestic and international broadcasters and cable channels. His career originated in photography, and he studied with Walker Evans. He then moved to film. Currently, Engel is an Associate Professor at American University’s School of Communication, Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, and filmmaker-in-residence with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. He teaches both production and theory/history. Several courses carry into the field, including “The Practice of Environmentalism: Galapagos” and a summer session “Classroom-in-the-Wild™: Extreme HD: Alaska.”

    In pursuit of environmental, wildlife and adventure stories, Engel has flown into hurricanes, been chased by tornadoes, and dropped into ice caves. He’s fled wildfires, gotten lost in jungles, and spent three years traveling the globe to come face to face with a lot of mummies.Engel is also co-author of “The Code of Best Practices in Sustainable Filmmaking.” He is a member of the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Directors-UK, the National Association of Science Writers, the University Film and Video Association, the International Documentary Association, and the Mountaineering section of the Potomac Appalachia Trial Club.A recent three-part series that he directed and shot, “The Human Spark” hosted by Alan Alda, premiered on PBS nationally and won the prestigious AAAS-Kavli Science Journalism Award for In-Depth Journalism. His short film “Potato Heads: Keepers of the Crop” premiered at the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival and screened at two festivals in Italy and Flickerfest in Australia.

    Engel is also an accomplished online instructor.

    Workshop Note: Because of social distancing needs, this workshop will be held online via Zoom, but building community is one of Docs In Progress’s guiding principles. So in order to allow time to meet fellow students, the Zoom room will open 15 minutes early and remain open after the class ends each night. It’s the best we can do for now until we can all come together in person.

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