MFA SocDoc Wiki Pages

Year 1 scheduled classes

Year 2 scheduled classes

Fall 2021 Required Reading List

Equipment Booking

Which Edit Suites are booked right now?

Edit Suite Rules

Schedule Appointment for Avid Post-Production Help

Remote Tech Support - Zoom Meeting Room

MyID SVA Dashboard

Your Email

Your Calendar

Your Google Drive

Department Calendar

Post your film to!

Captioning Your Online Video - How-to & Best Practices



Festivals / Calls for Entries

Grants & Scholarships

NYC Screenings & Events

SVA Resources

SVA IT Student Guides - Help with Wifi, Microsoft Office & other SVA resources

SocDoc Video Library Directory - see Timothy to borrow films

SVA Writing Resource Center

Kanopy - free, streaming films


SVA Library Databases: A wide range of all kinds of archival databases, including WeStar (music), Colourbox (stock images), New York Public Library Digital Gallery (images)

SVA Library Sound Effects guide: Freely available sound effects and music resources on the web, mostly with Creative Commons licenses

WeStar Music and SFX library - Search for School of Visual Arts & then log in with your SVA email address to access. Provided through the SVA library.

Dig CC MIXTER - Creative Commons Audio available including some tracks with free commercial licenses. Check licenses for individual tracks.

Audio Jungle - Audio library with affordable licensing options.

FreeSound - Great Creative Commons sound effects resource.

MobyGratis - Over 200 pieces of music from Moby, free to use in non-commercial media.

Free Music Archive - Large library of music with creative commons licensing. Make a free account to begin downloading.


Film Festivals Database - A comprehensive database of established American film festivals, including a sortable spreadsheet, calendar, and interactive map

Guide to Transcriptions

Student / Alumni Photo Directory

Group 12 - Class of 2022

Group 11- Class of 2021

Group 10 - Class of 2020

Group 9 - Class of 2019

Group 8 - Class of 2018

Group 7 - Class of 2017

Group 6 - Class of 2016

Group 5 - Class of 2015

Group 4 - Class of 2014

Group 3 - Class of 2013

Group 2 - Class of 2012

Group 1 - Class of 2011


Be Inventive: Thesis Production Tips in a Global Pandemic! - panel video recording. May 5, 2020 conversation with SocDoc faculty Maro Chermayeff, Deborah Dickson, Tom Hurwitz, Richard Hankin, Mira Chang, Jerry Risius, Amy Schewel, and Rose Vincelli Gustine. A brainstorming workshop talking about ways that you can safely make a film in this time.

Be Inventive: Production Skills for a Global Pandemic! (Part 2) - panel video recording. May 21, 2020 conversation with SocDoc faculty Tom Hurwitz, JT Takagi, Mark Mandler, Jerry Risius, Axel Baumann, Erik Spink, and Rose Vincelli Gustine. Focusing on helping students overcome technical filmmaking limitations during the lockdown and beyond.

SocDoc suggests Films for Inspiration

SocDoc Remote Production Resource List

Mark Mandler's Remote Audio Recording Suggestions

Articles to Reference:

The Race to Make the First Coronavirus Doc Has Begun

A Phone, a Window and a Toaster Oven: How I Took Portraits From Miles Away

Coronavirus Drone Genres: Spectacles of Distance and Melancholia

Ethics of Doc Production In a Pandemic

Film production is shut down but documentaries are still being made. Here’s how

COVID-19 Risk Assessment for Documentary Filmmakers

DCTV's Black Lives Matter Actions + Filmmaker Resources, a "growing list of anti-racism resources including how to film protests and police."

NY Media Production Guidelines During COVID-19 (Checklist)

TIPS FOR SHOOTING DURING COVID-19 (Suggestions by Kat Patterson)

COVID-19 Guidelines by country (Updated weekly)