An Introduction To Documentary Filmmaking

This introduction to documentary fimmaking course will turn your passion into practice. Working closely with industry professionals you will form part of a production company to produce an engaging, broadcast quality, documentary.

Location: King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton, Northamptonshire

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Date: March 2020

Duration: 3 Weeks

Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

Write, produce and edit a documentary film

For Students

  • You’ll be working in a small group with a high ratio of mentor to student (max. 14 students to 2 mentors).
  • For students with a range of filmmaking experience including beginners.
  • Recommended to journalists, photographers and those who want to develop their filmmaking skills and experience the working environment of a documentary filmmaker.
  • Cost £1,695.00 to include all materials, equipment, handouts and lunch.
  • Minimum age requirement of 18 at the start of the course.

Want to build your future in film? This introduction to documentary fimmaking course will turn your passion into practice. Working closely with industry professionals you will form part of a production company to produce an engaging, broadcast quality, documentary.

This course is career focused, creative and practical. It has been designed for people aged 18 and above who want a realistic and immersive experience of making a documentary.

By the end of the course you will have developed your documentary filmmaking skills and experienced working in collaboration with like-minded filmmakers as part of a production company to produce and distribute a broadcast, quality documentary.

  • Approx. 20 mins from junction15 of M1. Free on site parking.
  • A minibus will be available during the course to transport the production team to locations etc.
  • Tea, coffee and a light lunch is provided every day every day.
  • A residential option is available from Monday to Thursday night at an additional cost of £65.00 per night.
  •  Email info@ukfilmschool.org.uk for more information or to book an overnight stay.
This course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements. However, to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.

In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate a first come, first served basis.

For more information contact our Admissions team on :
tel // +44 (0) 1604 407771 or
email // info@ukfilmschool.org.uk

Course structure

• Introduction to the filmmaking equipment,
• Health & Safety Briefing

• Understanding the genre and process of documentary filmmaking

• How to conduct an interview

• Practice interview and filming techniques by interviewing each other
• Brainstorm and develop ideas
• Identify the subject of the documentary
• Legal and ethical considerations in documentary filmmaking
• Contractual and commercial considerations -actors, interviewees, freelance crew
• Assign heads of depts.
• Start research process. The group will be encouraged to independently research the subject
• Schedule shooting days
• Casting actors if there is to be an element of drama/re-enactment in the film

• Filming the documentary as scheduled by the crew to include filming establishing shots, pick up shots, interviews etc.
• Start the publicity process by contacting Press including radio and T.V.
• Writing and distributing Press Releases
• Invite Press, VIP’s etc. to film screening
• Digital marketing of the film on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube
• Logging & Transcribing the film footage ready for editing

• Edit the footage into a high quality, documentary
• Continue with publicity for the film and screening
• Plan distribution of the film so that it has a life after the film screening
• Screen Film at Cineworld Northampton
• Presentation of Certificates

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