Author: Sheila Curran Bernard

Sheila Curran Bernard

Sheila Curran Bernard works independently and with clients to develop and produce media projects for broadcast, theatrical release, and museum and classroom use. She has led workshops on documentary storytelling in the U.S. and Norway, and has taught at both Westbrook College and Princeton University, where she was the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies.


Posts by Sheila Curran Bernard:

Documentary short film

Keeping your documentary short… short


  What happens when a documentary is supposed to be short (under 40 minutes), but research and filming have resulted in hours of complex material that you think might work as a documentary feature, if not a multipart series?  Here are some tips for staying on track. Remember that a short film is not simply…


Story Structure in Documentary: An Expert Approach


I’ve asked filmmakers to tell me how they think about story and structure as they work. Here are a few highlights: James Marsh (producer/director, Man on Wire):  I had a 60-page outline for [Man on Wire]… It has various timelines and you’re flashing back and overlapping them, which is quite difficult to pull off in a documentary…

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