This 10-week documentary intensive gives Manhattan residents and New York-based independent producers the opportunity to learn how to produce a 3-7 minute documentary. Students will learn how to script, plan, shoot and edit a mini-documentary. Students will also learn advanced composition and image control techniques along with strategies for capturing the best sound in the field. 

Students will be provided with MNN’s professional field camera Sony Z150 during the course. Out-of-class assignments, field shooting and editing hours will be required. Students must supply their own SD cards, headphones and Mac-formatted hard drive to store and edit their media. 

This course will not teach students basic camera operation or basic video editing skills. Applicants will be required to submit links of their previous work when applying.

The course fee is $150 and is non-refundable and non-transferable. If accepted into the course, payment must be received to hold your seat.

This online course includes:

  • Live guided instruction from a media professional
  • *Exclusive access to Sony Z150 field camera
  • Digital handouts and activity materials
  • One-on-one out of class support from MNN staff

*Students will schedule contactless pickup at an MNN facility. Students will be financially responsible for checked out equipment. Students also have the option of utilizing personal video equipment.

We recommend you submit your application in a timely manner. Submissions by certified MNN producers will have priority. Late submissions may be accepted on a space-available basis. Accepted applicants will be notified by email at least two weeks before the start date. No phone calls please.

Application period is closed.


Course Fee: $150

Please read this PDF info sheet before applying for this course.

Eligibility Requirements for the Documentary Storytelling Intensive:

Technical Requirements

  • Mac or PC with installed professional non-linear editing application such as Adobe Premiere CC or DaVinci Resolve
  • Secondary monitoring device for instruction such as an iPad, tablet or 2nd computer/screen
  • Internet Connection (minimum speed of 2Mbs)

Course Information

Course Duration: 10-Weeks + required out-of-class hours