Documentary films are among the most valuable cultural forms of our time. Persuasive, compelling, questioning; documentary filmmakers tackle real subjects, and provide a voice to those who may not have the capacity to represent themselves.  Films of this nature, that are actually about something, have advocacy to influence decision-makers, tackle social injustice or simply tell stories of the times in which we live.

Our intensive one-month course offers students a variety of documentary practices, and the opportunity to film their own short documentary.  The approach should consider the broader context of documentary, by teaching current practice: from the development phase through to platform delivery. The course offers lectures, tutorials, and practice-based workshops, and encourages you to reflect critically, as you develop your personal voice and skillset.

All of the work that is produced is united in the fact that subject matter derives from research and exploration into one or more aspects of the ‘real’ and ‘actuality’. The fundamental aim is for you to develop key skills in approaching factual based material that uses external assets and facts as an origination point.

Course Outcomes

  • understand various documentary approaches in relation to your chosen subject matter
  • relate and apply ethical issues to your projects including the completion of Ethics & Diversity legal paperwork and Risk Assessments
  • produce professional standard work covering scripting, technical, editorial
  • work professionally in a location documentary shoot
  • critically reflect on your work as a maker of documentary, and the work of your peers and wider context

Fees & Booking

For our One-Month Filmmaking course the total cost of tuition, including all materials and filming budgets, is £2,095. All courses include 20 days of teaching and hands-on documentary filmmaking.

Fill out our form today and we will be in touch shortly to confirm your place and organise payment.  The One-Month Documentary course runs in small cohorts so it is important that you reserve your place as soon as possible.  A deposit of £500 is required to secure your place on the course.

Week By Week

Week 1: Approaches to research; Ethics and responsibilities; Introduction to documentary forms; Camera training; Sound recording training; Live Brief: Social Impact Film

Week 2: Live Brief development; Editing training; Sound design & mixing training; Documentary forms

Week 3: Documentary shooting; Social Impact presentations

Week 4: Editing the Live Brief; Sound design & sound mix; Online: titles and graphics; Assessment screening; Feedback & Drinks

Find out more

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Upcoming Courses

Places on summer short courses always fill up so it is essential to book well in advance. The course will run in 2018.

Requirements

The One-Month Documentary course is for students aged 18+. We require a whole-hearted commitment to the four week course as it is a highly intensive and requires passion and dedication.