In 2005, I designed and began teaching a documentary film workshop, Creating a Documentary Film, which encompasses all aspects of the craft from proposals and budgets to production, editing and distribution. The workshop stresses storytelling, utilizing both innovative exercises and screenings of a wide variety of documentary films. It has been highly popular since its inception. Recently I expanded to an additional course, The Documentary Workshop, which allows students to bring in long-term projects for support and feedback and q&a's with guest lecturers.
"Fred's documentary class is a creative think tank. The easy rapport with his students combined with his knowledgeable approach to documentaries makes it an extraordinary learning experience. Every time I visit his class as a guest to share cinematography secrets, I'm impressed by his talents and his students. Two thumbs up!"
“I just wanted to e-mail you and thank you for giving me the guts to make my first documentary film. As the course finished and I moved back to Denmark, I immediately started pitching an idea for a personal documentary film that I got during your course. In 2014 it premiered at CPH:DOX with sold out screenings and afterwards 9 screenings on TV (DR2)! Last year the film won a Robert (the Danish Oscar) and other prizes. It recently aired in Norway and Sweden. Amazing right!? You did really play an important role. One of the things I really liked was that you taught us to ‘just do it’. That’s very different to Danish mentality and I really needed that push. But also the way you taught us to portray environments/characters on documentary film was very inspiring to me. I can’t thank you enough for helping me fulfill my documentary dreams.”
Media Center of Dakar, Senegal
I originally got the teaching bug in Dakar Senegal, where I had the opportunity to create and teach an intensive Documentary Filmmaking Lab in which graduate-level students produced three half-hour social-issue documentaries for broadcast on Radio Television Senegal (RTS) and for distribution internationally.
From time to time I have been hired to consult on a project in the capacity of supervising editor or producer. Sometimes outside eyes can be helpful, and I enjoy working with other filmmakers.