Feature Documentary Intensive

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​Looking to get serious about your feature length documentary idea? Looking for constructive feedback and practical exercises to get you started the correct, industry standard way?

AFI nominated producer Dylan Blowen (The Snowman, A Northern Town) will guide you from concept to pitch, with lectures, peer reviews and practical exercises to guide your feature documentary (60 min+) idea to the cusp of pre production.


Over five intensive days, you will learn:

  • Feature documentary modes & styles

  • Theatrical vs. television

  • Choosing the form to fit the story and the market

  • Breaking down your story and story arc

  • Key character breakdowns

  • Locations & access

  • Refining your idea: one-line, one paragraph, one-page. What works? What doesn't?

  • Writing a treatment the funding bodies want to read

  • Interview techniques including camera placement, lighting & sound

  • Filming multiple subjects, chaotic spaces

  • The marketplace in 2016: broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, VOD, crowdfunding

  • What gear do you need for your budget?

  • Finance plans, budgeting and scheduling

  • What now? Planning the next stage for each project

This course has been designed for those with the raw idea for a feature length documentary looking for guidance on development.


Dylan competently covered all areas of the course and answered a wide range of questions with practical answers.

I feel that I gained a lot of knowledge and inspiration from this course.

Course was well structured yet flexible enough that we were able to spend more time on those things that were of particular interest to the class.

Brilliant course and tutor - would highly recommend.


Award winning filmmaker Dylan Blowen began his career in Los Angeles working at Paramount and Universal.

Later, he moved to New York to produce live television before moving to Sydney in 2002 where he formed Pony Films with Rachel Landers to
produce successful, award-winning high impact films.

His films have screened all over the world and won many prizes including the Foxtel Documentary Prize at the Sydney Film Festival and the NSW
Premier’s History Prize as well as nominations for a Grierson Innovation Award and AFI for best feature documentary.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281

This course is only open to students aged 18 +. If you are under 18, you will not be eligible to attend this course.

10% Early Bird Discount is valid up to 28 days from start of the course


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The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.