LearningWorks

SheridanWorks offers courses in documentary filmmaking. Some courses are offered regularly, and others based on interest. Be in touch if there is a course that you would like but that is not currently listed.

Courses are taught by experienced and practicing filmmakers. Most courses do not require any previous experience but please see the course descriptions for any requirements. The courses are held in Boston, MA or online. Courses are for adults 18 and older. If youth media courses are of interest, please be in touch.

Questions? Please email us or call 857-415-0564.

This six-session [Camera Work and Visual Storytelling] workshop was one of my best-ever learning experiences. It opened up a whole new artistic discipline and effectively combined the aesthetic and technical aspects of visual storytelling. – Melissa Shaak

Documentary Filmmaking Courses

Projects – Starting 1/5/22

Projects – Starting 1/5/22

Bring a documentary filmmaking project that is currently in pre-production, production or post-production for mentoring and instruction in areas of need and interest. The instructor will facilitate discussions, exercises, and feedback that will push projects forward.

Storytelling Workshop – 6 Sessions, Starting 2/28/22

Storytelling Workshop – 6 Sessions, Starting 2/28/22

Discover your identity as a documentary storyteller and focus on the stories that matter most to you and that you can best tell. Learn how to successfully structure compelling narratives with a scene-based, character-driven approach.

Camera and Sound Workshop – 6 Sessions, Starting 1/29/22

Camera and Sound Workshop – 6 Sessions, Starting 1/29/22

“The eye sees but the ear imagines.” This course will explore everything that filmmaker Robert Bresson meant with that famous statement. We will learn what it takes to record moving images and sounds that tell engaging stories and stimulate the imagination.

Editing Workshop – 6 Sessions, Starting 1/10/22

Editing Workshop – 6 Sessions, Starting 1/10/22

Learn the principles and techniques of video editing – the backbone of filmmaking. Whatever your interest or desired role in filmmaking, understanding editing is fundamental to your success. The editor is a detail-oriented storyteller, craftsperson, organizer, and technician. We often rediscover and sometimes reinvent our stories in the edit.

One-on-one Mentoring

One-on-one Mentoring

Need some one-on-one project guidance. Are you struggling with story structure? Want to get suggestions for how to improve you camera, sound or editing skills?

Email or call 857-415-0564 to arrange sessions on your own schedule at $65/hour.

Student Work

I am a Ceramic Artist

by Don Waldron

Produced by Don Waldron during a one-week intensive documentary filmmaking course hosted by MassArt.

Our Lady’s Guild House

by Lydia Eccles

Produced by Lydia Eccles as one exercise during a 14-week course hosted by MassArt that covered the fundamentals of filmmaking in any genre.

She’s an American Child

by Rafael DeLeon

Produced by trainee Rafael DeLeon with editing by Zayde Buti during 15-week training hosted by Community Supported Film.

Ghetto Green, Ghetto Clean

by Steeve Colin

Produced by trainee Steeve Colin with editing by Yrvelt Lamour during 5-week training hosted by Community Supported Film in Haiti.

Bearing the Weight

by Mona Haidari

Produced by trainee Mona Haidari with editing by Hamid Arshia during 5-week training hosted by Community Supported Film in Afghanistan.

Michael Sheridan

Filmmaker, Educator and Director of SheridanWorks and Community Supported Film

Michael Sheridan is a filmmaker, educator and activist whose documentary films address issues of social and economic development and the tipping point between order and chaos.  For over 25 years Michael has engaged the public in stories from Asia, Africa and the Americas about people in poor and developing communities challenging the status quo and struggling to improve their lives.

In 1996 he co-founded Oxfam America’s documentary production and since then has worked to break new ground in the effective use of media to educate and change policy.  Michael has taught documentary filmmaking for 20 plus years at the community and university level, including at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Northeastern University. From 2007-08 he served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia.

Michael founded Community Supported Film (CSFilm) in 2010. CSFilm seeks to take the foreign out of foreign correspondence by providing intensive training in documentary filmmaking to storytellers and activists in conflicted and developing communities.   Their stories are screened in public engagement campaigns to educate concerned citizens and policymakers about sustainable paths to a more equitable and peaceful world.