Need help getting started? This page offers links to resources for documentary making (equipment, studios), financial support, and documentary programming and networks. Right now this page is a work in progress -- check back for updated information.
For those interested in documentary production, check out:
- Documentary Studies & Visual Forum Lab (Library 113) -- a liberal arts lab space for individual work, class meetings, and
workshops with 12 Mac Pro computers, a 12-person meeting area and a small sound recording
- AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING EQUIPMENT. From easy-to-use pocket recorders to professional-grade
cameras, LIB 113 has equipment that supports DS production courses and projects across
WALKING TOUR AUDIO HEADSETS. Take your class (up to 12 devices, so 12 students and/or 24 with a headphone splitter) out into the world and maintain contact for guided walks, group projects &c.
- STUDENT-LED WORKSHOPS: LIB 113 Student Assistants — staff LIB 113 for around 30 hours/week during the semester and offer individual/group support and workshops and workshops in: basic audio recording, interviewing, video recording, video editing, poster design, web design, and story brainstorming
- Let us know what technology needs you'd like us to help meet.
- AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING EQUIPMENT. From easy-to-use pocket recorders to professional-grade cameras, LIB 113 has equipment that supports DS production courses and projects across the curriculum.
- MDOCS Production Release Forms
- Media Services -- two recording labs, video and still cameras and recording equipment that can be checked out by Skidmore College community members, scanners, computers with graphic and multimedia programming suites (Adobe, iMovie, etc.), printers, CD/DVD burners, scanners
- WSPN - Skidmore College Radio Station
- SkidTV - Skidmore College TV Station
- Lynda.com tutorials on everything from story development to production techniques to festival strategies. Click here for information on Skidmore's institutional subscription (Academic Technologies)
Seeking help in getting your documentary project funded? Consider:
- Storytellers' Institute (Faculty/Students) -- 5 week summer program to support advanced projects
- Community Partner Grants (Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project) (community partners working with Skidmore students, faculty or staff)
- Documentary Skills Grants (faculty only) -- funding to cover tuition costs of approved documentary workshops and/or a stipend to offer new documentary components either in a Doc Studies standalone course or within a department or program.
- Bring a Documentarian to Campus -- Modest funding is available for activities that support campus visits by a documentarian to work or engage with students and/or faculty during the academic year in order to get participants thinking about/doing with documentary arts. If you have bolder plans and ambitions, please consult the Director and Advisory Board.
- Student Opportunity Funds (Academic Advising, students only)
- See Beyond Summer grants (students only)
- Student-Faculty Summer Collaborative Research (Faculty-student partnerships)
- Visual Literacy (Project VIS, faculty only)
- Center for Leadership in Teaching and Learning (faculty only)
- VPAA-DOF Faculty Development Resources (faculty only)
EXTERNAL: BEYOND SKIDMORE
DOCUMENTARY STUDIES PROGRAMS
- Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, home of Full Frame Film Festival
- SALT institute for Documentary Studies
- Documentary Studies Program, SUNY Albany
- Institute for Curatorial Practice (Summers, Hampshire College)
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMING AND NETWORKS
- Saratoga Springs Film Forum
- PBS' list of the best 25 documentary films of all time. Do you agree?
- PBS POV (Point of View), Documentaries with a point of view
- The Moth True Stories Told Live
- This American Life, NPR
- Call Me Ishmael -- call in auto-documentary
- Input- Television in the Public Interest (Documentary)
- Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley
- Doug Boyd, Oral History In A Digital Age
- Sound Cloud - Hear the World's Sound
- Serial Podcast
- International Documentary [Film] Association
- Upstate Independents (NY, VT, MA, CT) resources for media artists
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Documentary Studies Interest Group; leading professional organization in US
- Media Burn Independent Video Archive - An archive and streaming video website of 3 decades of progressive documentary video.
- Documentary Educational Resources, List of Doc Organizations
- Library of Congress (LOC): Public Moving Image Archives (global list)
- Oral History in the Digital Age
- LOC webpage: Copyright issues & film
- LOC: Folklife Online Collections (including Lomax, Civil Rights, spoken word, war)
- LOC: Historic Sound Recordings
- Ken Rabin and Sheila Curran Bernard, Archival Storytelling Tools - links to important film/photography archives and clearinghouses (compiled in 2008/9)
- Ethics & Storytelling: