Social docs don't need to look like news reports. Verité filmmaking can have a powerful mix of beauty and spontaneity, while still sending a message. In this intensive workshop experienced documentarian Nance Ackerman will explore the process and techniques used in developing and shooting stunning documentaries that are cinematic yet natural. In her own work Ackerman tends to blur the lines between A roll and B roll and think in filmic canvasses. The workshop will also delve into the art of directing inexperienced subjects with compassion and the relationship building techniques she employs to help people tell their evocative stories.
Price: $40/50 (AFCOOP members / non-members)
Instructor: Nance Ackerman
Often called the "Margaret Bourke White of Canada," celebrated photographer, Nance Ackerman has been taking pictures around the world for over 25 years. Her work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Canadian Geographic, New York Times, and the Globe and Mail. In 2005 Ackerman turned her eye to directing social documentary films. Her first film, the National Film Board feature documentary Cottonland, brought in numerous awards and three Gemini Nominations.
Since then she has made several more award-winning documentaries (Four Feet Up, Fid, Redress Remix) and several animated shorts (Little Thunder, Efficiency). Her company, Heartstring Productions is now developing a large interactive musical web experience called The Blue Cape Sessions as well as several documentary and fiction projects.