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Can you spot a great story when you hear one? Do you know how to sell it, write it, shoot it, film it, and edit it? This highly practical three day course will cover the basics of compelling storytelling - the essential basis for creating incredible screen content. You'll work with research materials and actual footage to write story briefs, shooting and editing scripts.


  • Defining what a story is and what makes something work as a TV, film or digital piece.

  • Story searching - using research materials to unearth a story from a mass of information.

  • Story pitching - how to distill a complex story into a 1 line pitch. what's the most important or engaging idea? And are they the same thing?

  • Researching - what do you need to know to make a story work? how to find the information? ( And not just from Wikipedia)

  • Shooting scripts - what they're for, what they look like and how to write them.

  • Editing scripts - working from specifically shot footage you'll learn how to create an edit script that any editor can work from. what makes the cut and why? how many different interpretation of a story are there? how do you make something have a specific tone for a specific broadcaster.

  • What does a story or post producer do and how do I get a job as one?

The course is aimed at people new to the industry, as well as people wanting to step up into story focused roles and people in the production office who want to better understand the creative side of production.

You may wish to do some “homework” on the evenings of Day 1 and Day 2.

You’ll will need to bring your own laptop or “Device” to view footage. Participants can create scripts either on their own laptops or with paper and pen!
ABOUT THE LECTURERS: DENISE ERIKSEN Denise Eriksen has been besotted by television - particularly factual television - for as long as she can remember. Her career has taken her around the world where she has worked in news and in factual television production. She’s been Head of Factual at ABCTV, Head of Current Affairs at ABC News and Head of Production and Development at SBS. These days she works as a writer (on television) for The New Daily, a Consultant for companies setting up business in Australia, as an occasional broadcaster for ABC Radio and as Co-Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference - among other things

Esther is a creative producer with a wealth of experience making and developing factual and documentary content in Australia and the UK. She has produced for TV, online, live events, social media, advertising and radio. Her expertise lies in producing engaging stories with contributors with complex needs and backgrounds.

Her recent factual productions include The Obesity Myth for SBS, Revolution School for the ABC and she has developed shows like Secrets of Our Cities (SBS), and Luke Warm Sex (ABC). She has also produced comedy and Children’s TV and her shows have been Logie, SPAA and ACCTA winners. She’s particularly interested in the ethics and effects of factual TV production on participants.

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

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


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The Australian Film Television and Radio 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.