BiteSized@NFTS: Documentary Commissions

Short course


Submit your application and as soon as we’ve received sufficient applications we’ll schedule dates

Give Your Documentary Idea The Best Chance Of Being Commissioned

Have you got an idea for a documentary that you want to see on TV but don’t know how to go about developing the idea, writing up a treatment or who to send it to?  This is your opportunity to get to grips with the art of selling. In this two-hour session you will learn how to: turn your subject into a documentary; formulate the idea in a treatment and find the right commissioner.

This will be an interactive online session with plenty of examples of treatments and industry information emailed to you beforehand to help get your idea off the ground.

This bitesized presentation and Q&A will be hosted by Tracey Gardiner who has over twenty years’ experience of developing and producing factual programming; from observational documentaries, science, history and religion to formatted series on a range of subjects for the BBC, C5, C4, Discovery, UKTV, ITV and NatGeo, and leading on from this, is Tracey's other BiteSized session where you can learn how to produce your idea

Freelance Rate: £50

Corporate Rate: £100


Feedback from other online training we have delivered include:

“I probably felt more comfortable doing this course over Zoom than I would have standing up in person reciting the same stories.”

“This course was delivered remotely and I was surprised at how well it worked. I felt at ease being at home and lost no focus. I felt that I was actually more honest about my faults and it gave a more informal feel”

 “A really great inspiring course with a very likeable course leader”

“Tutor had a very good structure and was passionate about their subject. I felt engaged and informed throughout.”

“The practice sessions were my favourite part. We got to think on our feet and really put the teachings to the test. The tasks set were easy to follow but hard enough that you really had to think to complete them”

How to apply

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Full payment will be taken via Secure Trading upon application

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