Intro to Documentary Certificate

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 

Key Features

This documentary filmmaking course provides you with all the information you need to get your first documentary made. It focuses on the difficulties that first-time documentary filmmakers are up against and provides strategies that enable you to get to the finish line.
You can apply for the course with a project already in development, but this is not a prerequisite. The week is used for project consultations and group work designed to move your project forward. You cover documentary development, pitching, paperwork, budgets, production, directing and post-production. Case studies are used to explain different production strategies and the course culminates in pitching techniques for project presentations.
We offer practical advice on thinking through a documentary film career, with an emphasis on a multi-disciplinary approach and new strategies for making, presenting and distributing in new formats.

  • Gain an intensive overview of the documentary industry, including festivals, broadcasters and funding bodies
  • Development discussions involve: researching “the story”, producing and conceptualising, scriptwriting, defining your audience and finding your key team
  • You are given example documents, including treatments, release forms, schedules and permissions
  • We help you think through the budget – crew size, camera format, sound set-up, length of shoot and postproduction – and how to balance practical and artistic considerations
  • Look at how to film an interview discreetly, ethically and safely
  • Consider the post-production needs of your documentary, from viewing and logging footage to producing a finished film ready for distribution
  • The opportunity to pitch your project and receive feedback
  • Exhibition, distribution and broadcast strategies are discussed with a range of case studies from traditional TV documentaries to new media platforms
  • All applicants must be fluent in English: English Language Level: Upper Intermediate
  • Minimum age 18


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To apply online please click on the course date below.

  • 10 February 2020 - 14 February 2020
    Course Fee: £ 695
  • 15 June 2020 - 19 June 2020
    Course Fee: £ 695 ( Early Bird Discount: £595 instead of £695 if booked by 04 May 2020 )
  • 19 October 2020 - 23 October 2020
    Course Fee: £ 695 ( Early Bird Discount: £595 instead of £695 if booked by 07 Sep 2020 )
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