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Documentary Story Strategies

Friday, November 9 & Saturday, November 10

Documentary Story Strategies with renowned film theorist and writer Fernanda Rossi is a 1.5-day experiential hands-on seminar taking place November 9-10 for producers, directors, writers and editors from beginners to veterans. Using innovative techniques, Fernanda teaches storytelling principles and how to structure your film at all stages of production, whether you have just an idea, a script, footage, or a rough-cut. Documentary and narrative filmmakers welcome.

We’ll cover: • Principles of story structure • Exercises with poems, music and comics • Screening & analysis of 30-min documentary • Different models for story structure (beyond what most books say, traditional and new methodologies, Rossi’s own research) • Techniques, tools and tips to improve the structure of your film

DAY ONE: Fri November 9 (9:00am – 5:30pm): Seminar DAY TWO: Sat November 10 (9:30am – 12 noon): Hands-on practice

Internationally renowned, Fernanda Rossi has collaborated on more than 300 fiction screenplays and documentaries, including two Academy Award® nominees. She has given her lectures in more than 15 countries for over 40 film organizations. More at

WHO: Open to all level filmmakers WHERE: University of Arizona Marshall Building 845 N Park Avenue, Room 212 RSVP: Email your RSVP to QUESTIONS: Email or call 520.626.9825


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