Documentary Making: Powerful On Screen Storytelling

The essentials of documentary filmmaking and storytelling presented by veteran documentary film director Paul Jenkins
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

Why would famous Hollywood actor Robert Redford bring documentaries into a major film Festival? 

Why does a website dedicated to screening documentary films get more than 1 million hits a month?

Documentary films are a powerful narrative art form and one of the most challenging forms of filmmaking to master. 

They are also one of the most powerful storytelling genres available to anyone, since they enable conveying complex and important ideas in a structured fashion with emotional engagement.

By learning documentary filmmaking with veteran documentary film director Paul Jenkins, you will dramatically improve not only your orientation and ability to make outstanding documentary films to convey your message and progress your interests, you will also gain a deeper understanding of filmmaking and storytelling which will benefit you significantly in many areas of activity-not just the arts.

Once you gain entry to this course, you will be able to discuss documentary filmmaking with the Paul, including being able to directly asked questions via the discussions area of this course. 

Students are putting forward their documentary ideas and plans in the course Discussions, and getting professional feedback on the best strategies and approaches to take.

Enrol in the course now, and get started with powerful and engaging storytelling.

What are the requirements?

  • Pen and paper
  • An open mind
  • Curiosity
  • Preparedness to learn a powerful screen storytelling skill

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use Powerful Storytelling Techniques
  • Structure Films and Documentary Films the Right Way
  • Nail the Process of Planning Documentary Films
  • Gain Confidence in Documentary Filmmaking
  • Convey Powerful and Engaging Messages through your films
  • Understand what makes Outstanding Documentary Films Outstanding!

What is the target audience?

  • All those interested in documentary films
  • Documentary Filmmakers
  • Any Filmmaker or Video maker
  • Storytellers - on film, video or elsewhere
  • Writers
  • Producers
  • Journalists
  • Film Students
  • Media Studies students
  • Videographers
  • Wedding Videographers
  • Amateur Filmmakers
  • Hobbyists
  • Broadcasters
  • Commissioning Editors
  • Executive Producers
  • Screenwriters
  • Communications Professionals
  • Publicists
  • Charities
  • NGOs
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Marketers
  • Educators
  • Teachers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Documentary Genre
Overview of this course
Preview
01:20
EXERCISE: Engage Your Passion
Preview
02:40
A story about Reality
Preview
02:22
What a documentary is NOT
02:31
How documentaries can be wonderful
Preview
01:06
EXERCISE: IMAGINING REALITY
01:10
CASE STUDY: 'Soldat' - The Importance of Structure
12:01
Section 2: All about Stories
Discovering reality
01:18
Understanding Story
01:53
Story vs Theme
01:57
Documentary structure
02:21
The role of jeopardy
Preview
01:57
Story arcs
01:37
INSIDER SECRET: the Pro Way to do Story Arcs and Timelines
06:17
Section 3: Going Deeper into Documentary Craft
The role of voice
00:57
Sculpting in time
01:23
Conflict in documentary
02:00
Ethics and balance
01:38
Cinematography
00:37
Section 4: Scripting and Structure
Scripting and structure
00:38
Time Frames
00:38
INSIDER SECRETS: The Pro Way to Structure Your Movies
09:45
Section 5: Practical filmmaking considerations
The nature of Access
00:54
'Street' Documentary
01:58
Exposures
01:30
All about audio
01:34
Camera limitations
00:37
Section 6: Production Cycles
The Production Cycle
Preview
02:35
Deeper into the Production Cycle
18:53
02:15

NB there is a little bit of noise on this audio from the radio microphone rubbing against shirt! Please listen through speakers if possible, which will make it more tolerable. I'll be re-doing this lecture at some point!

Pre-interviews
01:44
Scheduling hybrid shoots - stills and video
05:27
EXERCISE: Deconstruction
06:45
Section 7: Bonus lecture
How to join Paul's Facebook group
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Instructor Biography

Paul Jenkins, Film Director & STORYOPTIC.com Chief

Effective and creative storytelling is an essential part of success in many walks of life - and fun when you do it right, because you feel the 'flow'.

Film and video techniques and visual storytelling can add much to your overall creative output, and be highly satisfying and impactful arts in their own right.

The techniques I teach, I use daily as a professional documentary film director and online business owner.

In my courses, you'll get insights, strategies and tactics that I've developed over 20+ years while making films for the world's top broadcasters (BBC, PBS, ARTE etc), and concurrently over the past 3 years as an 'edupreneur'.

My teaching style is to guide you through the processes that matter - explaining why they matter - in a personal, 'fireside' fashion. 

You also get direct access to me through the Discussion area of each course. This means that any challenges or questions you have can be resolved directly. 

I'm very open to feedback, therefore please feel free to feed ideas for lectures and courses to me and I'll do my very best to accommodate.

See you inside the courses!

Paul

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