Documentary Filmmaking

This course has now SOLD OUT. Please register your interest to be notified when the next course is scheduled to run.


Get the skills to make a short documentary with this intensive practical course running over two weekends!

Designed for beginners, this course gives you a solid technical and creative introduction to documentary filmmaking.

Be guided by award-winning documentary filmmaker, DOP and Director – Vincent Lamberti, to examine storytelling conventions, conduct interviews, understand the process of concept development and get an overview of legal and ethical issues your documentary project may face.

You will learn to use camera, lighting, sound and editing equipment to collaboratively shoot and edit a short documentary film from start to finish including filming on location in Docklands.


Beginners who want to establish skills and overall knowledge of the documentary process. A great course if you have a documentary idea and want to know how to tell it, or if you want to learn how to make short videos for your company or website.


Click here to download a pdf course outline.


It is recommended applicants are comfortable using a Mac computer to apply, but this is not essential. Open Channel editing suites use Adobe Premiere Pro.

Students will need to bring their own USB drive (recommend 8GB minimum) for taking the finished film or rushes home.

Applications Close: 5pm, Saturday 4th June 2016

This course has now SOLD OUT. Please register your interest to be notified when the next course is scheduled to run.

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Interstate course applicants: Please await course confirmation prior to booking flights and accommodation.


Vincent Lamberti is a documentary film director and cinematographer. His films focus on social / intercultural issues. He holds Bachelor of Arts degree (Music) and post-graduate diplomas in Documentary from the VCA (University of Melbourne) and Cinematography from AFTRS. In 2008 he won the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for his film Intervention, later broadcast on ABC-TV and being the highest rating program for its time slot in 2009. Vincent teaches storytelling and filmmaking workshops in Aboriginal communities across Australia including in Alice Springs where he lived for many years. In 2011 a resultant short film Bus Stop won Best Film at the Fist Full of Films Festival. As a cinematographer, Vincent has recently been shooting feature length documentaries in Papua New Guinea, Kakadu and Melbourne and his cinematography on a short drama Breathe was screened in competition at Camerimage 2013 in Poland. His recent credits as a cinematographer are on ABC documentaries Call Me Dad and Keeping Australia Alive, and feature documentary The Opposition (HotDocs 2016 Official Selection).

Vincent on IMDB


“A very practical insightful experience! I’m very happy to have done it and I definitely want to do more.”

“This course was perfect for learning the basics and it fit in with my work commitments. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in making documentaries and taking the first step.”

“I found the course exceptional. The tutors experience and enthusiasm was contagious. Great experience.”

“The course gave me more skills that I can use in a practical sense. Fantastic, recommend to anyone who really wants to learn the process of documentary filmmaking.”

“Should have done this course 4 years ago, would have saved me lots of on the job mistakes”

Click here for a list of resources for Documentary Filmmakers!


Films from previous Documentary Filmmaking classes at Open Channel:


Daniel Schultheis
t. 03 8327 2009