Documentary Making: Powerful On Screen Storytelling
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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.
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|Section 1: Introduction to the Documentary Genre|
Overview of this coursePreview
EXERCISE: Engage Your PassionPreview
A story about RealityPreview
What a documentary is NOT
How documentaries can be wonderfulPreview
EXERCISE: IMAGINING REALITY
CASE STUDY: 'Soldat' - The Importance of Structure
|Section 2: All about Stories|
Story vs Theme
The role of jeopardyPreview
INSIDER SECRET: the Pro Way to do Story Arcs and Timelines
|Section 3: Going Deeper into Documentary Craft|
The role of voice
Sculpting in time
Conflict in documentary
Ethics and balance
|Section 4: Scripting and Structure|
Scripting and structure
INSIDER SECRETS: The Pro Way to Structure Your Movies
|Section 5: Practical filmmaking considerations|
The nature of Access
All about audio
|Section 6: Production Cycles|
The Production CyclePreview
Deeper into the Production Cycle
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!
Scheduling hybrid shoots - stills and video
|Section 7: Bonus lecture|
How to join Paul's Facebook group
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!