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Intro to Documentary

Explore the role of a Documentary Filmmaker

Have an idea for a documentary but aren’t sure where to start? Interested to learn more about the genre, including factual TV/documentary series, feature documentary and online docs? This weekend course, led by Industry expert Dylan Blowen, will give you a great introduction and show you how to start moving your documentary ideas into production.

Includes a brief history of documentary aesthetics & genres, and an overview of stylistic choices you can chose for your content

Through simple practical interview exercises learn how to ask questions that will give you the content to tell your story and get useful footage from chaotic situations

Get essential info about Australian documentary funding bodies/funding sources, film festival strategies and distribution models

Is the Intro to Documentary right for you?

This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of the Documentary genre, but have a strong interest in storytelling and connecting with audience through telling true stories. The two days will be made up of lectures, screenings and discussion, and some practical exercises planned to get you out of your seats and thinking on your feet.


  • The interviewer/interviewing styles (Errol Morris, Michael Moore, Barbara Kopple, John Pilger, etc.)
  • What is documentary? What is reality? What is the difference and is there always a point of view?
  • Developing your own concepts: where to start/breaking down an idea.

Meet Your Tutors

Dylan Blowen

Award winning filmmaker Dylan Blowen began his career in Los Angeles working at Paramount and Universal. Later, he moved to…

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What you will need

No prior knowledge or experience is required, however you should have a strong interest in storytelling and connecting with audience through telling true stories.

This course is open to students aged 16 years and over (students under 18 must complete an Under 18 consent form).

For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ** AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee 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 fee.

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