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Are you interested in Documentary Filmmaking? Do you want to learn the process of getting a documentary film from the ground to the big
screen? Are you interested in breaking into the documentary tv world? Sign up for this crash course on navigating and working in docs.

Morning: Back to Basics
• Story Structure applied to your Documentary
• Idea | Logline | 3 Acts
• Characters – Real people
• Interviews
• What is a Documentary?
• Short film VS Feature VS Episodes
• Shot Lists & Scripts
• Pitching

Afternoon: Start to Finish – Timeline – Production Stages
• Pre-Production: Research, Funding, and Paperwork!
• Principle Photography: Crew, Footage, and Interviews
• Post-Production: Organizing, Transcribing, Editing and more paperwork
• Distribution: Big screen or online. Don’t forget that trailer!

Students will be asked to bring an idea or subject they want to turn into a documentary to discuss in class but is not absolutely necessary.
The class will begin promptly on time.

Instructor Bio:
JJ Neepin is an Indigenous writer & director based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a member of the Fox Lake Cree Nation. Born and raised in the nickel mining town of Thompson, JJ moved to Winnipeg at 16 years old to purse higher education and eventually a film career. Being a documentary filmmaker was never the plan but it gave her the most opportunities to create, learn and navigate in the Canadian film industry.

JJ has written, directed and produced several short films with her company JJNeepinFilms INC. She has also directed several documentary television shows: APTN’s Metis series, Michif Country, APTN’s TAKEN about Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls, APTN’s ghost series THE OTHER SIDE, and APTN’s Indigenous Music Doc Series, AMPLIFY.

She’s received the following awards and fellowships: Reelworld Level Up Director fellowship 2021, Women in View – 5 in Focus: Indigenous Cohort of 2021, selected as one of the 2021 Berlinale Film Festival Talent Lab Participants, and the CBC/WIDC Development Award for her supernatural, crime drama feature script LUMINOUS. Was 1 of 8 Directors for the Women in the Director’s Chair (WIDC) Story & Leadership Program 2018-2019, and was 1 of 6 Directors for the Inaugural Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s 2017/2018 Directors Program for Women.

In between shows JJ takes every opportunity to learn and improve her skills, ready for the next challenge put in front of her. One of her main goals is to make the move from the documentary world to the scripted tv world, to make her first feature Luminous and to eventually create her own tv series. When she finds time to relax, JJ enjoys reading and watching about true crime, binge watching Netflix documentaries, reading manga and working on her bullet journals.


Notice Given:                                           Eligible for:

At least 7 days prior to start date             Full refund

7 days to 48 hours prior to start date     Full refund less 20% administration fee

Less than 48 hours prior to start date     No refund

-The Winnipeg Film Group reserves the right to cancel any course where the minimum registration has not been met. Anyone registered for a course that has been cancelled is eligible for a full refund, Cancelled course fees may also be used towards any other Winnipeg Film Group training programs.

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