How to Pitch a Documentary
Duration 1 day
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Bursaries supported by the Scottish Government are available for those who are eligible
People call it a dark art - and there’s certainly a lot of mystique around what constitutes a good pitch. There are many theories about what works and what doesn’t. And just as many exceptions that don’t prove the rules. This makes it something that most people try to avoid – not to mention the stage-fright.
This one-day course is designed to give you some insight into what actually happens in a pitch, understand what things the winning ones share and introduce you to the basic principles of how to communicate your ideas effectively.
You’ll practice the ‘prep’, the ‘room’ and the all-important ‘follow-up’. And you’ll learn that, far from being an intimidating experience, pitching can be fun and a great way to start to any creative process.
This intensive, practical course covers:
- the key elements of a pitch
- what’s really going on in the pitch process
- preparing your pitch
- delivering it effectively
- when to follow-up and when to try elsewhere
This course is led by Peter Dale, who produced and directed documentaries for the BBC for 18 years before going to Channel 4 as Head of Documentaries. In 2005 he conceived and launched More4, Channel 4’s third digital channel. His own independent production company Rare Day produces quality documentary and drama for broadcasters and other distributors. He’s now the Head of Documentary at the NFTS, as well as Executive Producer on a number of high-profile documentaries.
The course is aimed at producers at all levels including Development Producers, Edit Producers, Series Producers, Producer Directors, Assistant Producers, and anyone who wants to know more about pitching ideas for documentaries.
What you will study
This course is not currently open for applications. Please register your interest to be advised of future dates once they are available.