Storytelling Skills for Factual TV

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Are you a field producer, associate producer, researcher, editor or assistant editor wanting to take your career to the next stage?

This course is all about developing and honing storytelling skills for post-production writing in factual TV. Designed for aspiring “post producers” who wish to develop high level story structure and writing skills, the course also caters for “predators” (producer/editors) - a new role in the world of factual TV, requiring not only technical editing skills but also writing.

The intensive weekend course covers:

1. The principles of narrative development and storytelling in a non-drama production environment.

2. Structuring a story by clearly laying out the story components in an engaging order.

3. How to find and/or build a solid story from rushes and interviews - even when there doesn’t appear to be a clear story line.

4. Writing well signposted effective narration.

5. Writing tight paper edit scripts.

Through on-air examples, demonstrations and practical exercises using actual TV program rushes; participants will hone their writing skills with a focus on structure and storytelling.
It is essential that course participants have experience in TV Factual, Reality, Current Affairs or Documentary production to get the most from this course. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to learn from successful TV practitioners who have decades of experience and are keen to share with and mentor the next wave of factual producers in Australia.

About Paul Hawker

The main course lecturer is Paul Hawker whose credits as a freelance writer include: Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters and Deadly Women; Animal Planet’s Bugging With Ruud; National Geographic’s Taboo; Channel 7’s The Suspects, Find My Family, Airways, The Zoo, Hot Property and Sydney Weekender; Channel 10’s Recruits: Paramedics and Bondi Rescue; Channel 9’s What's Good For You and Farmer Wants a Wife; Fox Network’s Long Liners; The ABC’s Hospital Chaplains, Life's Big Questions and Quantum.

Most recently he has been Post-producer on the ABC's ground breaking series on mental health Changing Minds, and is now working on Making Families Happy for Heiress films.

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