Gain an understanding of the basics of documentary filmmaking, including the UK film market, budgeting and funding, in this intensive overview of the industry. This five-day course is designed to provide first-time filmmakers with the skills and strategies they'll need to get a factual film project off the ground, and to the finish line.
Work with current industry professionals, learning how to apply effective research and storytelling skills, and come away with the ability to develop your factual film idea into a full treatment, complete with the knowledge of how to pitch to the industry and how to successfully promote your completed documentary project.
Duration: 5 days, full-time
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Get the information you need to get your first documentary made. London Film Academy’s Documentary Foundation focuses on the difficulties that first-time documentary filmmakers are up against, providing the strategies and skills to ensure you get your project to the finish line.
Our course gives you an intensive overview of the documentary industry, including festivals, broadcasters and funding bodies. The week is made up of project consultations and group work designed to move your project forward. You look at how to film an interview discreetly, ethically and safely. In five days you cover:
We offer you practical advice on developing a documentary film career, emphasising the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach and looking at new strategies for making, presenting and distributing in new formats. You can apply with an idea or a project already in development, but more importantly we want to see your enthusiasm and desire to learn.
While on the course and for one month after you will receive complementary membership with LFA networking Filmmaker's Club.
Want to advance your skills even further? Storyboard, develop, shoot and edit your very own short documentary on our 4 week Documentary Certificate course. Want to devote more time to factual filmmaking? Spend a further 6 months developing your skills on our intensive Documentary Diploma.
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