JOSEPH & SANDRA CONSENTINO       Master Class Presenters

Saturday 10:AM-Noon             Evergreen Room

This documentary filmmaking master class is designed to help you understand the current context of documentary filmmaking by examining the genre, its different forms and the market for your films, as it exists today. You will learn how to select a digital video camera and support system, record documentary sound, light scenes and operate an AVID or Apple Final Cut non-linear editing system. Learn how to research your subject, write a proposal and create a unique and effective treatment to pitch to a network. Execute production and post-production issues such as storyline development and summary sheets, scheduling, location management, release forms, all the while adhering to the intricacies of a producer’s legal and contractual obligations. Learn how to choose a subject that is of interest to a wide-ranging audience, and to you, writing a script, a blueprint, a plan, a storyboard, an outline to follow during all phases of the production, from location scouting, interviews (if any), the shoot, using ambient sounds, the edit and adding the music background. Tell the story visually. Let your viewers see the story; don’t just tell them. Film is a visual medium, and a documentary film must always be cinematic. (Workshop seating is limited to 25)


Joseph Consentino

Joseph Consentino

For 30 years, network and cable television documentary specials produced and directed by Sandra and Joseph Consentino have received numerous awards in American television and International Film Festivals. Included are three EMMY Awards, an Academy Award “Short Narrative Film” nomination, Canada’s prestigious HOT DOCS AWARD, and numerous CABLE ACE, TELLY and CINE Awards. Among the Consentino’s award-winning documentaries are TNT’s “Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story”; “Family Values: The Mob & the Movies and History Channel’s mini-series, “Mouthpiece: Voice for the Accused.”  Their History Channel 2-hour documentary “Baghdad Diary” on the Iraqi war and it’s aftermath, received awards at ten international film festivals. The film was also awarded “Best Documentary” at Moondance and the Columbus International Film Festivals.

In 1991, Joseph Consentino was director and cameraman for the controversial PBS Sandra Consentinodocumentary “Days of Rage: The Young Palestinians,” which drew that year’s largest audience on American public television. In 1997, Director/Editor Sandra Consentino was awarded the CABLE ACE AWARD for “Outstanding Documentary Editing” for the TNT special “Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story”. Sandra also received an EMMY Award for editing the NBC documentary special “Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie.” In Sandra’s career, she’s edited over 300 documentaries, commercials and independent feature films. In 2004, multiple EMMY Award winnerJoseph Consentino, a former professional baseball player in the Boston Red Sox organization, founded The Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society and was named artistic director.