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 a Filipino-Canadian documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. Her films lay bare narratives about intimacies, identities, and relationships. It Runs in the Family (2015) was her first mid-length documentary as a producer and director, receiving Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Asian Film Festival and Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Since then, she has developed a track record as a creative and collaborative producer working with emerging women directors on compelling short documentaries, including Biker Bob’s Posthumous Adventure (Lunenburg 2019), Do I Have Boobs Now? (Slamdance 2017), and FIXED! (DOXA 2017). Her most recent producer credit is the Telus supported short documentary On Falling which celebrated its World Premiere and a Best Short Documentary nomination at Tribeca 2020. Currently, she is producing her first feature documentary Back Home with support from the Telefilm Talent to Watch fund and leading the curated photography project First Photo Here with the National Film Board Digital Studio.