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Video Journalism + Documentary Perspectives

VIVO Media Arts

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at 9:00 PM (PST)

Video Journalism + Documentary Perspectives

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee GST Quantity
Regular rate 8 Feb 2019 $117.00 $5.09 $6.10
VIVO Extended Producer rate   more info 8 Feb 2019 $85.00 $3.97 $4.45

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Video Journalism + Documentary Perspectives

Learn to produce Real News with community engaged video artist Flick Harrison! Then, analyze different ways of telling the truth about the world with award-winning documentary filmmaker Rami Katz!

3 sessions, 9 hours total // $117, or $85 with any VIVO Producer Membership (+GST)

  • Session 1: Tues Jan 15, 2019, 6pm-9pm
  • Session 2: Tues Jan 22, 2019, 6pm-9pm
  • Session 3: Tues Jan 29, 2019, 6pm-9pm


One Extended Subsidy available for this workshop:


Prerequisites: Suitable for those who have previously attended VIVO’s Video Editing or Camera, Lights, Sound workshops, or those familiar with the basics of video production and post-production.


Learn documentary shooting techniques, on-camera reporting, off-camera interview skills, journalistic writing, and documentary editing. Develop a documentary concept, or bring one, and shoot footage to be analyzed and edited during the workshop. Engage group discussion on topics such as editing and truth, journalistic practices and fact checking, and building trust with interview subjects. Participants may use VIVO's video cameras, or bring their own.

Session 1: Learn how to get a great interview by setting up lights, operating camera and microphones, and developing appropriate questions.

For homework, shoot some footage to use for Session 2. Don’t have a camera to finish homework? Participants with a Producer Membership (Basic or Extended) receive a 50% discount toward rental of one of VIVO’s cameras.


Session 2: Bring in your footage and learn how to develop a solid structure by editing a short news story with a voiceover and on-camera introduction.


Session 3: This theory session will introduce you to various possible strategies used by documentary producers in response to the problem of trying to relate reality through picture and sound and the specific ethical challenges implied. Can we use media to tell the whole truth? If not, how does documentary practice proceed? Filmmaker Rami Katz will present the making of his MFA thesis documentary, "The Issue of Mr. O'Dell" and show clips from this film and others.

All equipment provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own preferred headphones if they wish.





  Flick Harrison ( is a writer, media artist, filmmaker, hacker and drone pilot in Vancouver. “I’ve explored boundaries of all kinds in media, politics, education and the arts for over twenty years.  As an artist, I explode the aesthetics of political conflict; as an educator, I try to make media flow organically from the social.  My ambition is to lead, support and challenge non-profits, schools, community groups and other progressive actors to improve their understanding and use of media, all while having fun.”



 Rami Katz ( is a Vancouver-based filmmaker whose work has screened internationally. He is a recent graduate from the MFA in Film Production program at the University of British Columbia, where he received the H. Norman Lidster Prize in Documentary Filmmaking. His latest documentary, The Issue of Mr. O'Dell, has been screened at film festivals such as Full Frame '18 and DOXA '18 and has won several awards to date. Rami is an RIDM Talent Lab alumni, and his films have screened at over two-dozen film festivals around the world.


 Questions? Email or call 604-872-8337.

Want access to discounts?

Sign up to for an Extended Producer Membership:

Or redeem your the Video Bucks you earned by volunteering:


Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!

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VIVO Media Arts Centre
2625 Kaslo Street
Vancouver, BC V5M 1Y8

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 6:00 PM - Tuesday, 29 January 2019 at 9:00 PM (PST)

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VIVO Media Arts

VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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