Sara Beltrame

Documentaries are dead. Long live documentaries!



Product Description

We are surrounded by stories. There is a thousand different ways to tell them and they are within everyone’s grasp nowadays. Challenging yourself with short documentaries is good practice for learning how to explore reality, while looking for stories that contain universal shareable truths, trying to tell them while keeping to your own viewpoint.
During this course, we will dismantle the traditional idea of what a documentary is. We will try to understand how to create narrations that can surprise visually and convey the author’s viewpoint.
You will train your outlook on things, starting from your family, work and neighbourhood environments. You will have to find a narration style that keeps to the truth and helps you bring it out. To do that, we will turn to Herzog, Weber, Weiskopf and Stojievic, identifying in their works new styles and ways to use images, sounds and editing. Creativity, expression and the cultural and traditional value of stories will be the fundamental principles you are going to work on to offer your audience new thoughts, while trying to stimulate their critical ability through compelling social themes. You are going to create stories that will make you laugh, soften your heart or feel uncomfortable. During this course, you will mix up genres and end up with a draft for a short documentary.

Lessons will start in May and will go on for three months.

I’d like to enroll, how can I pay?
If you want to make a bank transfer, email us at, and we will send you the details. If you want to pay online with PayPal, add the course to your cart and follow the instructions.

How does Classi-fy work?
You’ll have to follow a weekly timetable of appointments, which can be video lessons or notes to read. You’ll have deadlines to write and share your homework on Classi-fy website. You’ll read what your classmates write and you’ll be able to comment or receive feedback on what you write. You’ll be able to meet each other and talk about the lessons on the forum – ok, we already know you won’t only talk about that, but that’s part of the fun. Sometimes your teacher will post a video in which he publicly analyses the work of the class, but you’ll receive your personal evaluation also from your classmates, during the debate.

What about the course timetable?
You’ll know it pretty soon: lessons will start in October and will last three months.

What are the technical skill necessary to take part to the course? Do I have to install a special program on my computer?
You’ll mainly work online, therefore all you need is the internet connection. On website you can share your documents, watch the video lessons, download teaching material and text your classmates.

What does it happen at the end of the course?
The class will come to Scuola Holden, in Turin, in order to attend the final lesson and collect your diploma. Eventually you’ll meet everyone and, if everything is right, you’ll have a beer together in Borgo Dora to celebrate.