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Oct 22, 2016 at 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Images, Sound and Rhythm in Documentary

Masterclass with a team of seasoned documentary directors, editors, & composers! 

In this day-long intensive, some of documentaries most respected directors, editors and composers will discuss the films they’ve worked on from the standpoint of understanding the importance of rhythm and composition to a film’s success. Films that will be used as case studies include instructors’ past projects: Life, Animated, E-TEAMTocando la Luz, Rich Hill, and, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present to help break down for participants how to shape the narrative rhythm of their films by looking at individual scenes and discussing their evolution. Our guest instructors will cover different strategies for working creatively with an original score and discuss the benefits of seeking out this option for your next project. They will also share tips and tricks for how to get the most out of the collaborative effort of sound, image, and rhythm for developing your story and highlighting how characters and themes can be developed musically in film. They will discuss the balance and breakdown of work among a team and help to develop and share strategies for how to make this work for you.


Who is eligible?

Open to everyone, though the workshop setting is best suited for editors, sound artists, composers, filmmakers.

Give us an idea of who you are and why you are coming. When you register you will be asked for a short statement of interest that should briefly describe your experience in filmmaking, plus a bio. There’s a spot for a link to a work sample and CV, which would also be nice, but is not required.

$170 early bird registration by October 10th, 2016 at 5PM

$190 regular

Please note that the service charge is waived if payment is made via check.

Checks can be made out to UnionDocs and mailed to 322 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

In order to keep costs down, this workshop is a BYOL, i.e. bring your own laptop. Students must be fully proficient using and operating their computers.

Registration & Cancellation To register for a workshop, students must pay in full via PayPal. After the registration deadline of October 5th, course fees are not refundable or transferable and any withdrawals or deadlines will result in the full cost of the class being forfeit. There will be no exceptions. To withdraw from a course please email info-at-uniondocs.org.

In the event that a workshop does not receive sufficient enrollment, it may be canceled. Students will be notified at least 48 hours prior to the start of a cancelled workshop and will be refunded within 5 business days. If we reschedule a workshop to another date, students are also entitled to a full refund. UnionDocs reserves the right to change instructors without prior notification, and to change class location and meeting times by up to an hour with 48 hours prior notice

Please note: Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Saturday, Oct 22, – 9:30 - 5:30p

AM: David Teague and T. Griffin discuss their working method

PM: Nathan Halpern discuss his working method with editors and film directors




Presentation by guests including Q&A




Presentation by guests including Q&A and work-in-progress presentations/feedback session with participants





David Teague is a documentary film editor. Recent films include the Sundance award-winner Life, Animated, the Oscar-nominated Cutie and the Boxer, and the Sundance award-winner E-TEAM. Other credits include the Oscar-winning Freeheld, the Emmy-winning Sesame Street primetime special “Growing Hope Against Hunger”, the Oscar-nominated films Mondays at Racine and Sun Come Up, the Full Frame award-winner Tocando la Luz, and The Iran Job. David directed and edited the documentaries Intifada NYC (Rooftop Films 2009) and Our House (Hot Docs 2010, co-directed with Greg King). He has served as an editing mentor with the IFP Documentary Labs and the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship and is the author of two best-selling guides to film editing with Final Cut Pro.


T. Griffin is a songwriter, composer and producer based in Brooklyn New York. He has composed music for over 30 feature length films, and dozens of live and multidisciplinary projects. Directors include Jesse Moss, Ross Kaufman, Katy Chevigny, Roger Ross-Williams, Liza Johnson, Michael Almereyda, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Tze Chun, Jem Cohen, and Sam Green among many others. He was one of six composers selected as a fellow at the Sundance Composer’s lab in 2008 and has been nominated twice for CinemaEye Honors for original music score. As a player and producer he has worked with independent musical luminaries including Vic Chesnutt, Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, Tim Hecker, DJ/Rupture, Mary Margaret O’Hara and members of godspeed you! black emperor, Fugazi, The Dirty Three and The Ex.


Nathan Halpern is a Brooklyn-based composer, recently named one of Indiewire’s “Composers to Watch.” His score for RICH HILL, winner of the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, was praised as “one of the best non-fiction scores we’ve heard in years” (Indiewire). He is also known for his score for The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST ISPRESENT (HBO Films). In 2015 he re-teamed with RICH HILL co-director Andrew Droz Palermo for the Kiernan Shipka-starring supernatural thriller ONE AND TWO (IFC Films), which Variety called “hauntingly scored.” In 2016 he re-teamed with RICH HILL co-director Tracy Droz Tragos for  ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL (HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS), which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. June 2016 saw Edinburgh Film Festival premiere of Amanda Sharp’s STICKY NOTES starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Ray Liotta. Summer 2016 sees the theatrical release of three films he scored: HOOLIGAN SPARROW (Sundance 2016), INDIAN POINT (Tribeca 2015 / First Run Features), and THE WITNESS (New York Film Festival 2015 / FilmRise). On September 23rd 2016, Mangolia Pictures will release THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT (Sundance 2016), praised by Indiewire for Halpern’s “excellent score.”


Oct 22, 2016
9:30 am – 5:30 pm


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States

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