Production/instruction for documentary film & Television

Located Inside MAKE.SHIFT Art Collective

306 Flora St. #9

Bellingham, WA 98228



REGISTRATION for our fall workshops are GOING ON NOW! Workshops START OCTOBER 25th!

Registration for fall workshops are 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.

PLANNING YOUR DOCUMENTARY -  Taking the time to adequately prepare and plan your documentary before you start can be the single most important thing in determining its success.  In this workshop we will help you examine elements within your project that need to be considered before production begins, then we will help you develop an outline as well as a basic production plan moving forward.

FILMING FOR VERITE - Verite is a French word meaning truth.  Verite style filming for documentary captures life as it is actually unfolding in front of the camera.  In this workshop we will be looking at examples of documentary verite and learning how to capture these moments in real time.

FILMING FOR INTERVIEW - Documentary interview content is often the primary engine that runs a successful documentary narrative.  In this workshop we will be looking at examples of documentary interview and learning how to conduct and film interview for documentary.

​EDITING FOR VERITE - Because verite fortage is unscripted, it is easy to collect a lot of it which makes a workflow with which to approach the footage quite useful.  This workshop examines the pass method in order to establish and operate a smooth, easy to understand, and high yield post flow for verite. 

​EDITING FOR INTERVIEW - Interview content for documentary is probably the single most important footage in your documentary, the organization of this content into a clear narrative structure can make or break a project.  In this workshop we will look at the paper edit method for conducting a highly effective and easy to operate post flow for interview. 

AFTER EFFECTS - Smooth, beautiful, and affective graphics can be the element that takes the well-produced documentary to the next level.  In this workshop we will be looking at how to light and animate photos and titles in Adobe After Effects. 

FINISHING YOUR DOCUMENTARY -  In this workshop we will be looking at and establishing a clear, easy to operate post flow for the rough cut using the pass method, including audio mixing basics, and examination of the fine cut.  Additionally we will go over some of the things you may want to consider when planning when and where to exhibit your film.

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.  Full Fall Quarter classes may still be available, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.


All the skills you need to create your own documentary film.  Register online now, or contact us on: