Develop your self-shooting skills and your understanding of what’s needed as a director to tell impactful non-fiction stories. This course is aimed at researchers, assistant producers, producers and directors who already have some experience of working with cameras and want to develop their abilities to be able to confidently shoot for documentaries and factual programmes.
This is a hands-on course working with cameras that combines discussion and theory with a series of practical real-world exercises. The idea is to ensure you can enter the edit with high quality rushes that the editor can work with. The course is aimed at making you more skilled, more confident and more employable.
The course will be led by experienced documentary director Ashok Prasad - who's been twice shortlisted for an RTS Best Documentary award and won an International Emmy for his work. He is a former Head of the Directing Documentary MA at the NFTS.
The course will combine discussions and demonstrations with practical exercises which will then be reviewed together in class. The tutor will share tips gathered from first-hand experience and show clips to demonstrate different approaches.
You will have the opportunity for one-to-one feedback with the tutor
Among the areas covered will be:
- Using the camera to convey emotion, tell a story, give perspective
- Single camera shooting: how to add dynamism and ensure sufficient coverage for the edit
- Working with audio in different scenarios – including dialogue, interviews on the hoof and formal sit-downs
- Filming actuality – processes and uncontrollable action
To get the most from this course you must have some experience as a self-shooter and be familiar with documentary camera's such as the Sony FS7/FX6/FX9, Canon C300/C500 etc. If you are unsure or have any questions around this, please contact NFTS Leeds.
Please fill in the application form.