Short course

Overview

Delivered in the NFTS Scotland Virtual Classroom accessed by Zoom. 

Some lucky people seem to have endless ideas for programmes. The rest of us usually struggle, believing that we’re not an ‘ideas person’. But the ability to find documentary stories isn’t a gift you’re born with - it’s a muscle that gets stronger with exercise.

This one-day course explains where ideas really come from and how you can learn to have more of them. You’ll learn some basic techniques about how to dig out interesting real world stories that have the potential to become documentaries. And you’ll learn how to develop and refine them.

By the end of the day we hope you’ll have the beginnings of your own ‘slate’.

This intensive, practical course covers:

  • Understanding what a documentary idea is
  • How to practice having ideas
  • How to settle on the ‘right’ idea
  • How to develop and refine your ideas

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 developing ideas for documentaries.

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £125
Corporate Rate: £210

Online rates are valid until May 2020

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.

BURSARY INFORMATION

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application should be submitted to scotland@nfts.co.uk

The bursary deadline for this course is Monday 11th May 2020 at 9 am

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

 

NFTS Scotland Hardship Fund 

With support from Screen Scotland, a new fund aimed at practitioners who have experienced significant work and financial loss as a direct result of the impact of COVID-19 is available for our online courses from May 2020 onwards.

This fund is available to those who are not able to evidence their eligibility for the NFTS Scotland bursary fund with the required supporting documents, but who now meet the income threshold criteria. 

It is a small, discretionary fund aimed at supporting those most in need. You should only apply if you are a Scottish resident and your finances have been directly affected by loss of work in March 2020 and beyond as a result of COVID-19.

To apply for support, please complete this application form and submit it to scotland@nfts.co.uk at the same time as making your course application.  

 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

To apply for this course, please complete the application form and submit your CV to scotland@nfts.co.uk.