Production/instruction for documentary film & Television

Located Inside MAKE.SHIFT Art Collective

306 Flora St. #9

Bellingham, WA 98225




After another successful Winter Quarter, we are now preparing for our Spring Quarter classes.  The office has had a fresh coat of paint and additional renovations, including soundproofing work.  We have also set up an additional office space for our in-house production company, where Interns taking classes will get the chance to work on a feature-length production currently being worked on by Molasses Manifesto.  We have Open House during Art Walk, the first Friday of every month, where you can speak with the instructor and previous students, as well as seeing our classroom.

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION ONE is a comprehensive documentary production course that meets for 3hrs a week for 10 weeks covering most major aspects of documentary production from concept to completion. 

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION ONE is designed to familiarize all who take it with each step of the documentary
process, preparing them for either a career in documentary production (as either a shooter [camera operator], producer, editor, or preditor - all three) or for a life-time of broadcast quality personal projects.

While DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION ONE requires no previous experience or equipment, it is our belief that DOC PRO ONE would be useful for anyone who has never worked professionally in a documentary production office and maybe even for some who have. 

During the course of the quarter, each individual enrolled in DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION ONE will be producing, shooting, and editing a 2-3 minute short documentary, in groups, on a topic of their choosing composed of both verite and interview footage. 

DOC PRO ONE is $495 which includes class time, studio time, and use of and instruction for our professional camera and sound equipment during one student shoot.

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. 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.  If you are looking to arrange for a group booking, and the dates above do not fit with your plan, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.


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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.


DOC PRO THREE helps students form a post flow which allows them to affectively deal with materials collected during production and addresses the nuances and complexities of post production.


DOC PRO THREE is $495 which includes class time, all the studio time you can handle, and use of our professional camera and audio equipment for any pick up shoots you may need to do.

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION TWO builds on the processes outlined in DOC PRO ONE and adds to them by introducing
shooting multiple scenes for verite, as well as adding secondary and tertiary interviews, and outlining and scripting for more complex story telling. 

Where DOC PRO ONE established basics regarding shooting simple verite and a single interview subject
DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION TWO will enable the participant to work effectively designing concepts and arcs that involve multiple, complex scenes (verite scenes containing both action and dialogue) as well as more complicated story arcs
involving 3 interview subjects. Outlining and scripting for more complex story telling will be greatly covered in this course through the production of material the participant generates on there own and through a series of creative exercises involving films made by other film makers.

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION TWO is pre and pro production for a project approximately 3 times longer and more complex than projects built in DOC PRO ONE. Post Production for all DOC PRO TWO projects are completed the following term in DOC PRO THREE.

DOC PRO TWO is $495 which includes class time, studio time, and use of our professional camera and audio equipment for three shoots to take place during the quarter.  The Instructor accompanies students on their first shoot each quarter while the second and third shoots are done in two person teams.Type your paragraph here.

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.