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so you want to be a documentarian?

Posted: August 12 2009

Curt Ellis & Ian Cheney, the truck farm-driving, award-winning filmakers responsible  King Corn, have planned an amazing crash course in independent documentary for early September.  Applications are due this week!  Read on, or just download the flyer and application here: Wicked Delicate Film School.


a crash course in independent documentary
september 4-7, 2009; waldoboro, maine
When Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis graduated from college seven years ago, they decided to make a documentary. The only problem was, they’d never picked up a video camera. If you’re in the same position, join Ian and Curt––and a team of accomplished filmmakers and distribution experts––for a 3-day crash course designed to give first-time documentarians the knowledge they need to get off to a great start. Wicked Delicate Film School is offered in partnership with Maine’s leading indie documentary showcase, the Camden International Film Festival.
Friday, September 4, 2009:
12-3pm Arrival and lunch at Swallow’s Rise Farm
3-4pm Session 1: Who We Are and Why We’re Here
4-6pm Session 2: Honing Your Topic, Narrowing Your Approach
6-8pm Wine from Oyster River Vineyard
8-10pm Dinner from local ingredients
Night Rustic accomodations
Saturday, September 5, 2009:
8-9am Wild woodstove blueberry pancakes, local syrup and coffee
9am-11pm Session 3: Fundraising for Your First Documentary
11am-1pm Session 4: Planning, Crewing, and Organizing Production
1-2pm Lunch
2-4pm Session 5: Equipment that Won’t Break the Bank
4-6pm Session 6: Introduction to Shooting, with Taylor Gentry
6-7pm Sunset hike through woods and farms
7-9pm Local lobster dinner
Night Rustic accommodations
Sunday, September 6, 2009:
8-9am Free-range eggs and coffee
9am-11am Session 7: Approaches to Editing
11am-1pm Session 8: Introduction to Distribution, with Caitlin Boyle
1-2pm Lunch
2-3pm Session 9: What you Haven’t Thought Of: Legal Issues, Music and Licenses
3-5pm Wow Mom World Series (baseball in the back pasture)
5-7pm Local foods barbecue
7-9pm Field Trip: Film Screening with Q&A at Rockland’s Strand Theatre
9-11pm Session 10: The Festival Circuit, with Ben Fowlie, CIFF director
Night Rustic accommodations
Monday, September 7, 2009:
8-9am Breakfast and coffee
9am-11am Session 11: Where Do We Go From Here? Resources for Filmmakers
11-2 Pond swim, graduation ceremony, picnic lunch and departure
Wicked Delicate Film School will be held at Swallow’s Rise Farm in Waldoboro, Maine. Besides being the repository for Ian’s childhood soccer trophies, Swallow’s Rise features a handsome yellow farmhouse, a fire pit, and plenty of open space. Attendees will have campy accommodations (beds, pillows and towels but no scented shower caps). Meals will be provided and, whenever possible, local or organic.
2009 Tuition for Wicked Delicate Film School is $1500, payable on arrival. Tuition includes rustic lodging, local, sustainably grown food and drink, and four days of intensive instruction. Limited scholarship funds are available; please let us know if the cost is prohibitive.
Waldoboro is easily accessible by Concord Trailways or car. Wicked Delicate will coordinate carpools from New York and Boston and provide car service from Portland Jetport or Waldoboro Bus Depot. Participants should arrive midday on Friday and leave Monday afternoon.
We’re looking to assemble a vibrant, open-minded group of participants for this intensive retreat. Expect an intimate class size; beginners are highly welcome. To be considered, please fill out the Application Form and submit by August 15.


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