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Documentary Intensive

Behind the scenes of 'Where is My Darling' | Dir. Adam Finney

Become a Documentary Filmmaker

Looking to get serious about your documentary idea? Looking for constructive feedback and practical exercises to get you started the correct, industry standard way? This course will guide you from concept to pitch, with lectures, peer reviews and practical exercises to guide your documentary to pre-production.

Documentary modes and 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 and access, refining your idea, writing a treatment

Interview techniques including camera placement, lighting and sound, filming multiple subjects, chaotic spaces and much more

Is Documentary Intensive right for you?

This course has been designed for those with the raw idea for a documentary looking for guidance on development. It is for those looking to get serious about their documentary idea, who want constructive feedback and practical exercises to get started in the correct, industry standard way.

What you will need

No editing experience is necessary. This course has been designed for those with the raw idea for a documentary looking for guidance on development.

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This course is for students aged 18+ only.

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

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