Documentary Filmmaking Course

A 3-day advanced course on documentary filmmaking


The 3-day Documentary Filmmaking course prepares the advanced videographers in the lucrative world of producing videos for Corporate, NGO, and Government clients. This course is also for vloggers and YouTube content creators.

This is an intensive program that combines in-class instruction and hands-on production workshops where students put into practice what they learn in the classroom.

During the first two days, students learn the fundamental tools of documentary filmmaking. Classes include Pitching, Directing, Camera, Lighting, Sound Recording, and Editing. Students apply what they learn by creating two-minute individual observational films, and by producing short projects under the guidance of their mentors.

Following production and post-production of each project, students screen their work with their classmates and instructors and engage in critiques and discussion.


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Documentary Filmmaking
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10:00AM - 6:00PM

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Create high-impact documentary films with us!


The educational objectives of the 3-day course are to teach students the art and craft of Documentary Filmmaking and to instruct students through a strict regimen consisting of lectures, seminars, hands-on workshops, and supervised editing to excel in the creative art of documentary storytelling.

A glimpse of what happens in this course

Expected learning outcomes

Skills learned as a result of successful completion of this workshop include:

• The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment.

• The fundamentals of developing, producing and directing a short documentary.

• Experience working as a director, producer, cinematographer, sound mixer, and editor on student productions.

• An in-depth experience working with digital video cameras and sound recording equipment.

• Sufficient knowledge of pitching to produce a paid corporate documentary.

• Knowledge of aesthetic film theory, and documentary ethics, and experience with practical application of the same.


The Documentary Workshop requires successful completion of the following creative projects in partial fulfillment of the graduation requirements:


Project 1 - Observational Film

• Project 2 - Interview Project

• Project 3 - Pitching

• Project 4 - Final Documentary


Watch a final documentary project from a previous course


"Short, Practical and Straight to the Point!
Proud be one of their Newborns! !"

- Myk Nanquil​graduate, Documentary Filmmaking, Wedding and Events Videography, Same Day Edit, Color Grading, Running A Profitable Video Business

"Sulit talaga sa Shoot!" 

Dahil sa Shoot Practical Videography School nag-improve ang skill ko sa paggawa ng mga documentary na nagagamit ko ngayon sa work ko bilang tulong sa mga kabataan. Marami akong natutunan kay Direk EJ sa maraming aspeto ng documentary, magaling magturo at madali i-apply ang mga naituro nya. Sulit talaga sa Shoot! 😁

- Dexter Gamboagraduate, Documentary Filmmaking

"Sir EJ is so rad! He makes documentary filmmaking doable despite of its complexities. His teaching style sparked my interest to videography. :)" 

- Michelle Sarategraduate, Documentary Filmmaking



A graduate of the UP Film Institute, EJ has directed award winning documentary films tackling issues of environment, human rights and society.

He has further studied advanced documentary filmmaking under German, French and Dutch filmmakers in various workshops and specialized courses organized by Goethe Institute-Manila and Goethe Institut-Hanoi.

EJ has complete more than 50 documentary films.

Watch his director’s reel HERE.


What are you waiting for?

Documentary Filmmaking
​Inquire about dates now!
10:00AM - 6:00PM

For inquiries and concerns, you may reach us at the ff:

Steps for registration

  1. Fill up the registration form (click the Join this Class! button)
  2. Check your e-mail inbox and confirm your registration (so we know you're not a robot)
  3. Wait for the pre-registration e-mail containing the payment details
  4. Deposit your downpayment (50% downpayment, 50% on the first day of class)
  5. Send us a scan or photo of your deposit slip
  6. We'll send you a confirmation that we've received the payment
  7. That's it! You're in! See you in class!



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