Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking


No previous experience required.
The course is taught in English.
Sat. TBD – 13:00 – 16:00
Sat. TBD – 13:00 – 16:00
Sat. TBD – 13:00 – 16:00

Space Meduza, Skalitzer Strasse 80, 10997 Berlin, Germany


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Cost: 180€ (10% off for students, low-income, and over-60)
Max number of participants: 8 people
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Day 1
• Documentary story structure: brief discussion about your ideas, feedback, and help shape your story through the entire workshop.
• Analyzing the primary documentary styles and storytelling. We will watch examples of different documentary styles and understand how the same reality can be represented differently.

Day 2
• Preproduction tips.
• Composition.
• Camerawork: basics of setting up your camera and shooting.
• Importance of usable footage and b-roll.
• Tips about interview techniques.
• Recording sounds. Theory and practice of how to record the best sound possible in every condition. How to use mics and set-ups.
• Exercises.

Day 3
• Introduction to editing: we will learn basic editing techniques (import, organize material, cutting, few timeline tools, building a story, transitions, texts & title, export).
• Edit your film.
• Screening of your films. During the last hour, we will acknowledge your difficulties and achievements through the entire process of making your film and watch the results together.

Conducted in English.
No previous experience is required.
No professional camera is required (mobile phones are welcome).
Coming with an idea for your documentary movie is recommended.

About your mentor

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the workshop, feel free to email

COVID-19 safety measures

COVID 19 vaccination required
Event will be indoors

About the Workshop Leader

Linda Paganelli is a visual anthropologist, documentary director, and artist. Her primary areas of interest are migration and gender, the relationship between power and minorities, and participatory art. She has extensive experience in war-torn countries where she has learned how to gain access to high-risk environments and build trust with vulnerable groups and individuals.

She has taught at the International Academy of Art, Palestine. She has also taught documentary filmmaking at the University of Amsterdam, and through the Berlin Film Community. She collaborates permanently in Berlin with Humboldt University, Viadrina University (Frankfurt Oder), DaMigra, and ReteDonne.
She is successfully performing art projects, site-specific art, and exhibitions in Berlin.