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Documentary Filmmaking Course - August 9th / 10th

London Artform: combined arts, film, interdisciplinary arts, photography, visual arts   Contact:



An intensive introductory weekend course in documentary filmmaking from a professional documentary producer / director who has worked as a producer, director and production manager on theatrical and TV documentaries with Oscar and BAFTA winning filmmakers.

Advice on suitable equipment and formats will feature in the course but it will not include practical camera, sound, or editing training (i.e. training with equipment, which would be difficult in a weekend course at this very competitive price point).

The course costs £175.00 (concessions and early birds available in selected cases). There are limited places. Email for more details and to book.

The course will include:

- Research Skills & Idea Generation

– Feasibility, Market & Audience

- Writing a Proposal, Pitching Projects

- Sources of Funding, Crowdfunding

– Planning, Budgeting & Scheduling,

Finance Plan, Business models

– Narrative tools: Story / Plot / Character / Theme / Thesis

– Shooting a Trailer, Types of Documentary

– Procurement, Production Management,

- Key Crew & Equipment, Workflow

– International Shoots, Logistics, Permissions, Cost Control

– Interview Skills, Dealing with Sensitive Subjects

- Library Images / Sound, Legal, Insurance, Formats

– Post Production Workflow, Crew & Facilities,

- Rough / Fine Cuts, Deliverables 

– Key Documentary Markets/Platform,

- Festivals, Selling to Film/TV/Online

– Territories, Rights, Recoupment, Profit

- Marketing, Outreach Partnerships

- Networking, Alumni Network

- Exercises (NOT practical filmmaking)

- Handouts



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