How Stories Work in Documentaries
Duration 3 days
Course dates 02 Oct 2019 - 04 Oct 2019
Bursaries supported by the Scottish Government are available for those who are eligible
Making documentaries is tough, and one of the hardest stages is the edit. There’s no easier place to get lost than in a cutting room while you’re trying to figure out how to make sense of hours and hours of rushes.
However, every good documentary or factual programme has a set of organising principles that are fundamental, easy to grasp and vital in helping you make sense of your material.
If you know what they are and why they matter, the problems you encounter throughout the film-making process will be more easily solved.
This practical course covers:
- Introduce you to the key elements of story structure
- Explain how stories work in documentaries
- Help you plan your film and pitch it
- Show you how to prepare for the edit
- Help you solve the problems that every film encounters in the edit
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 how stories work in documentaries.