Duration 8 week course
Application deadline Contact Registry
Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, we are regretfully unable to run Summerdocs in 2020.
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Have you always wanted to make your own documentary but never had the confidence, the circumstance, or the know-how to make it happen?
Summerdocs is an intensive 8-week course in July and August, 2019 designed to change that for all those potential filmmakers who need a boost to their confidence, expert help on how to realise their ideas, and the opportunity to try them out in practice by making a short film of 15-20 minutes with the guidance of experienced mentors under the leadership of the filmmaker who has guided the NFTS Documentary Dept. for the last 20 years.
Potential participants have to apply with an idea they already believe can be filmed in two weeks and then post-produced and finished in the following three weeks at the NFTS. In order to assess and begin to develop their idea and make a plan for further research, students will need to come to the NFTS for a 2-day introduction at the end of June.
All NFTS students can attend the School’s masterclasses programme, with recent guests including David Fincher (se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network, Mindhunter), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid's Tale), Stephen Fry, Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Krysty Wilson Cairns (1917), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), and Louis Theroux.
This course is run in partnership with Channel 4.
What you will study
• Introduction: 2 days in June 2019 (tbc).
Your proposed projects will be evaluated and plans made with tutors.
• Independent research: 1-12 July 2019. This will be done in your own time.
Tutors will be available for individual tutorials.
• Learning course: 15-26 July 2019.
- the fundamental rules of documentary storytelling
• - guidance in the basics of camera, sound & editing.
- viewing & analysis of the various methods available to documentary filmmakers
- access to the extensive NFTS library will be provided.
• Film Shoot: 29 July-9 August 2019.
Self-shooting, including a tutor review of rushes
• Film Edit: 12-29 August 2019.
Editing using Avid Media Composer, supervised by both editing and directing tutors
End Result: a short film, of approximately15 minutes, of which you can be proud.
• Final screenings will take place in the NFTS Cinema on Friday 30th August followed by an informal reception.
Selection is on the basis of the quality and originality of the idea for the film you submit, and the practicality of making the film within the time available.
If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course. We are unable to accept your application if you do not.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
Application deadline: Contact Registry
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