Production/instruction for documentary film & Television

Located Inside MAKE.SHIFT Art Collective

306 Flora St. #9

Bellingham, WA 98228




DOC PRO ONE, TWO, & THREE starting at only 495$ per quarter!

Computers, editing, camera, & sound equipment included!

Space is limited, register today!

OPEN HOUSE FRIDAY, September 5th 6-9PM


Photo Credit: Nicole Barton

Fall Quarter registration is going on now at The Documentary Center! Space is limited so register today!

Located downstairs inside Make.Shift Art Collective, The Documentary Center strives to give individuals the skills necessary to produce broadcast quality content from concept to completion.  By focusing on documentary process, organization, and story telling we'll take you through drafting a topic proposal, making a casting spreadsheet, outlining, interviewing, scripting, shooting, and editing.

DOC PRO ONE starts you off with an introduction to all the skills you'll need either to prepare you for a life of producing broadcast quality personal projects or for entering a documentary production office one step ahead of the game.

DOC PRO ONE starts by turning on the computer, requires no previous experience or equipment and covers all major aspects of documentary production from casting to completion by teaching small groups to produce, shoot, and edit a short piece on a topic of their choosing. Doc Pro One covers topic proposals, casting, outlining, subject/location releases, interviewing, scripting, shooting for verite, shooting interviews, and basic editing for both verite and for interview.

DOC PRO TWO takes the skills established in DOC PRO ONE and expands them to include multiple verite scenes, multiple interviews, introducing filming for dialogue, complex action, and more complex organization and story telling.

In DOC PRO TWO is pre and pro production for a piece roughly 3 times longer and more complex that DOC PRO ONE pieces. The idea in DOC PRO TWO is that since you've been introduced to the complete documentary process in DOC PRO ONE that it is now time to learn the process' nuances and complexities. 

DOC PRO THREE serves as post production for DOC PRO TWO, over the course of the quarter students make outlines, transcriptions, paper edits and work to shape down the content they filmed in DOC PRO TWO until they have a broadcast quality piece about 10 minutes in length that is ready for titles and score.

Have a documentary project that is already in production? Have questions that need answers or do you just want to make sure that your project is on the right track? Bring your clips, comments, and questions to a FILM IN PROGRESS CONSULTATION and get some answers, leave with a clear idea about what needs to be done to get your project back on track. (45$ for a 2 hr session)

*For more information and specific class schedules check our "INSTRUCTION" page for registration information check on our "REGISTRATION". If you have any comments or questions please don't hesitate to call us at 360.510.7559 or email us at info@thedocumentarycenter.org.