Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Ever wanted to make a Documentary ...



TRAINING COURSES: January - March 2009


The Documentary Filmmakers Group (DFG) is the UK's leading provider of industry focused training in documentary filmmaking and the national organisation working to promote talent and innovation in the industry.

DFG and its partner, Goldsmiths, University of London, are members of the elite Skillset Media Academy Network.


DFG's sister production company is: http://www.mosaicfilms.com/

FCP EDITING WEEK (19 - 23 Jan) - SAVE £100 - FINAL PLACE REMAINING!
Led by the fantastic Anton Califano, with visiting tutor Steve Stevenson on Wednesday, FCP Week is an intensive practical workshop that will teach you how to use industry relevant equipment and Final Cut Pro software. It will also teach you the fundamentals of documentary editing including preparing a project for the edit, writing commentary, and the Grammar of Editing, which is also bookable as a single day workshop - see below for more information.
Participants will end the week having edited a finished sequence to broadcast standards. (You are welcome to bring along your own material if desired or footage can be provided by DFG). For further information click:

http://www.dfgdocs.com/Training/Short_Courses/Final_Cut_Pro_Editing_Week_.aspx


THE GRAMMAR OF DOCUMENTARY EDITING WORKSHOP (21 Jan) - SAVE £30!
This masterclass could easily be called ‘how to edit a really special film’. Led by the inspiring editor, Steve Stevenson, you will undertake detailed analysis of film clips, and examine the grammar of documentary editing across several genres (although principally focusing on the language of cinema verite filmmaking).

The course will demonstrate how the material is constructed by using rhythm, pace and structure to get the best out of your story. The areas that you will cover include: structure; how to create a sequence, scene and rhythm; creating a narrative thread; creating a story through images and sound; building layers of sound/ music/ voiceover; films without interviews or commentary; and how to create a seemingly naturally continuous scene.

The course can be booked as a single day, or as part of FCP Editing Week (see above). For more information visit: http://www.dfgdocs.com/Events/1642.aspx


SAVE £100 ON DFG'S INTENSIVE PRODUCERS WEEK (26 - 30 Jan)
Want to become a producer, or have more control over your documentary by producing it through your own company? Then give yourself the edge in this competitive industry with DFG’s Intensive Producer’s Week.

Led by top EP, Richard Sattin, Producer’s Week will give you up-to-the minute information on industry demand and opportunities.

This highly intensive course will equip you to face the full spectrum of issues you will encounter as a producer, from setting up your company to improving your pitching technique, building relationships with broadcasters, production management issues, funding models and strategies for survival as a micro company.

For more information visit: http://www.dfgdocs.com/Training/Short_Courses/Producers_Week.aspx


SAVE £50 ON FUNDING AND SELLING WORKSHOP! (17 - 18 FEB)
It has never been more important to know how to access the funds necessary to get your film off the ground. But with so many emerging funding and distribution options, how can you know which are the best routes to pursue for your particular project?

This intensive workshop from DFG, the UK's leading provider of industry-focused training, will give you the hefty dose of know-how and insider tips that you need to get ahead in the realm of documentary funding and selling, and start getting your film underway.

You will learn about the current funding opportunities, schemes and models of film financing; how to write strong proposals and complete applications effectively; what different channels and broadcasters are looking for, and how to best approach - and maintain healthy relationships with - funders. Both UK and international funding options will be considered, as well as how to protect your ideas and intellectual copyright.

You will explore the current distribution market and up-and-coming options (including online opportunities), and the advantages and disadvantages of selling your documentary independently and through a distributor. The workshop will also consider the contractual jargon you'll face when selling your film, and how to negotiate and stand your ground without jeopardizing a deal.

The course leader will give individual attention to each participant's proposal, but those without a proposal can also apply.

Book by 21 January and save £50!
For more information click here: http://www.dfgdocs.com/Training/Short_Courses/How_to_Fund_and_Sell_Your_Doc.aspx


DOCLAB INTENSIVE COURSE IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING (16 - 30 MAR) - SAVE 200!

If you want to start making your own documentaries, then don't miss the earlybird discount on DOCLAB, DFG's intensive course in documentary filmmaking. Book by 30 January and you can save £200 on this life-transforming, hugely practical and generally brilliant course, in which you will make your own short documentary.

DOCLAB is taught by award-winning industry professionals and will give you the technical and creative skills you need to pursue your career in documentary filmmaking. You will gain essential skills on industry standard HDV cameras, sound equipment and digital editing software. Through researching and making your own documentary under the expert guidance of our tutors, you will gain knowledge of and insight into the documentary production process to get the edge in this highly competitive industry.

By the end of the course you will also have made your own film. Graduates of DOCLAB have screened their films at film festivals around the world, and have gone on to work for UK broadcasters and independent production companies. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended!

Plus, book by 30 January and save £200!
For more information click here: http://www.dfgdocs.com/Training/DocLab.aspx


FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF DFG'S TOP DFG COURSES:
Visit www.dfgdocs.com/training
t. 020 7249 6600
e. training@dfgdocs.com

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