Intro to Documentary

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Movies, Television. Based on or re-creating an actual event, era, life story, etc., that purports to be factually accurate and contains no fictional elements: a documentary life of Gandhi.​​

Have an idea for a documentary but aren’t sure where to start? Interested to learn more about the genre?

This course will give you everything you need to know about documentaries and how to start moving your documentary ideas into actual productions.

You will cover:

  • A brief history of documentaries
  • What is documentary? What is reality? Is there always a point of view?
  • Documentary aesthetics & genres
  • The interviewer/interviewing styles (Errol Morris, Michael Moore, Barbara Kopple, John Pilger, etc.)
  • Student’s concepts/where to start/breaking down an idea
  • Verité vs. Direct Cinema
  • Simple interview practical exercises
  • How to ask questions/the art of the ‘follow up’
  • Recording footage from chaotic situations/having a plan/the Jesus Camp case study
  • 'Film grammar on your feet'
  • Australian documentary funding bodies/funding sources
  • Film festival strategy: find your niche
  • Distribution models
  • Multi-platform: perfect for documentaries​

Plus, many practical exercises planned to get students out of their seats and thinking on their feet.

About the tutor:

This course will be taught by the award winning documentary producer and director Dylan Blowen (The Snowman, A Northern Town). Dylan 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.

A great course not to be missed!

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