Documentary Workflow for Women
For self-identified women and non-binary people: Allow the best version of your story to come through by refining your proposal and prepping your project workflow with producer-director Joella Cabalu!
3 sessions, 9 hours total // $130, or $96 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)
Two Extended Subsidies available:
Prerequisites: Participants must bring a draft of their 1-page proposal, explaining their documentary idea–what the story is, and how you’d like to tell it.
This workshop is for women (cis, trans, and genderqueer) who want to learn how to plan their documentary projects or who are seeking further guidance in doing so.
Participants will learn about story development, budgeting, production coordination, and how these inform your workflow. Through presentations, participants will also learn production terms and their meanings to better communicate your vision with your team members. During group discussions, participants will work through real life case studies provided by the instructor, and make progress on your own project.
When shooting a documentary, a lot of unexpected things can happen. Preparing properly allows you to respond creatively and with sensitivity, focusing on the moments that matter.
Joella Cabalu is an award-winning Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker. Her first credit as a producer and director was for her own personal family documentary It Runs in the Family (2015), which won Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival and an honourable mention for the Loni Ding Award for Social Justice Documentary at CAAMFest. Since then, she has developed a track record as a creative and collaborative producer working with emerging women directors on compelling short documentaries, including the uplifting environmental film FIXED! (2017) and Do I Have Boobs Now? (2017) a fascinating portrait of a trans activist which screened in festivals worldwide, including Slamdance, BFI Flare, and OUTFest LA. She recently produced a CBC Docs short Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (2019), about a community of strangers coming together after discovering a message in a bottle containing human ashes.