Video Class at Edison: Making the Documentary

Edison State College

Jennifer Marquis-Muradaz, video producer & director on Team Pauli Systems teaches Digital Video classes at Edison State College, Ft. Myers Campus. Her “Making the Documentary” class starts on October 13th for eight Wednesdays. 

Students interested in writing, producing and/or directing documentary films will be introduced  to the basics of documentary-making in this eight week course. Students will watch and study documentary films of varying styles and participate in the assembly of an in-class documentary using interview, radio and video footage and other print research materials. Students will also develop a working plan for a documentary of their own.


  • Class 1: The purpose of the script, writing the proposal, research
  • Class 2: Shaping the film, beginning and completing the first draft
  • Class 3: Budget and contract; preproduction
  • Class 4: Directing, directing the interview, and locations
  • Class 5: Editing and writing the final narration
  • Class 6: Finishing the film (sound, titles, credits)
  • Class 7: Cinema Verite vs. Documentary Drama
  • Class 8: The Historical Documentary; Industrial/PR Films

All materials will be provided by the instructor, but students must have home computers and home internet access in order to download free online screenwriting software. Students highly encouraged to bring laptops to class, if available.

Dates: Wednesday’s (8 week sessions)

October 13th – December 1st, 2010

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: Edison State College, Lee Campus, room to be announced

Cost: $290.00

Seats are limited, so register today!

Advance registration and payment is required

For registration form and information, call 239-489-9235, email or download registration form here

Jennifer Marquis-MuradazJennifer Marquis-Muradaz has a masters degree from the University of Southern  California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. She has produced six documentaries, including  “Friends of the Good Shepherd Home,” about the plight of Sierra Leone war orphans, “The Making of ” Mickey B,” about the filming of a Shakespearean feature film in a maximum security prison; and “Miracle Making,” about the Miracle Plus after-school program in Immokalee. She also produced two docs about the recovery program of men on probation in Northern Ireland, and executive-produced a doc about the work of these men with Queen’s University social work/criminology students.

Posted by Birgit Pauli-Haack

Since 1998 Birgit Pauli-Haack has worked with nonprofits as a web developer, a technology strategist, a trainer and community organizer. She founded Pauli Systems, LC in 2002, now a team of six. It is a 100% distributed company. Since 2010, her team has used WordPress to build new nonprofit sites and applications. In her spare time, Birgit serves as a deputy with the WordPress Global Community team, as a WordPress Meetup organizer and a Tech4Good organizer.