Wednesday, 27 May 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.

- Sound for Factual Filmmakers - Last Minute Places!
- Final Cut Pro Editing Weekend Workshop
- Getting Started in Documentary - DFG Saturday School
- Proposal Writing and How to Fund and Sell Your Doc - Save up to £125!

Further information is provided below.

Sound for Factual Filmmakers - Last Minute Places!
(Fri 5 June)
Good quality and well considered sound is key to the success of your documentary, and you neglect it at your peril. This highly intensive workshop combines practical exercises with demonstrations using the latest equipment.

You will get to grips with the range of kit you are likely to use or encounter, as well as issues of the quality and quantity of sound; background sounds and the factors which affect sound recording; getting clear dialogue; when and how to use different types of sound equipment to obtain the best results; location recording techniques; creating and collecting sound effects; sound and post production, and much more.

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Final Cut Pro Editing Weekend Workshop - Next Weekend!
(Sat 6-Sun 7 June)
Book by Wed 3 June and Save £50!

If you're a beginner to Final Cut Pro and editing, or you have limited experience, then check out the FCP Editing Weekend workshop from DFG, the UK's leading provider of industry-focussed training in documentary filmmaking.

Led by DFG and based at your own Mac workstation to ensure maximum hands on practice - you will undertake a series of seminars and practical exercises which guide you through essential elements of Final Cut Pro. Topics covered include: non-linear systems; hardware; interface; deck control; capturing and digitizing; working on timeline; working with audio; basic effects and printing to tape, to ensure that you leave the course with a confident grasp of the practical fundamentals of editing on the latest version of Final Cut Pro.

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Getting Started in Documentary - DFG Saturday School
(Sat 20 June, 2-5pm) Freelancers pay just £40!

Whether you're a lowly person in the world of television or making films for love or money outside of broadcast, it can be a bit of an uphill struggle making the leap into becoming a fully-fledged documentary filmmaker working in the business.
Over one afternoon, DFG will give you the insider tips to give your career a kick start, from navigating the television career ladder to the opportunities outside broadcast, and how to make the most of your short film. We'll talk fast and allow time for clips and questions too.
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Proposal Writing and How to Fund and Sell Your Doc - Save up to £125!
Book on one of these workshops by 5 June and save £50, book on both and save £125

How To Write and Pitch a Commission-Winning Proposal -Save £50!
(Weekend 27-28 June)

Getting your proposal right first time is crucial, as for most filmmakers it represents the first chance to get your foot in the door with broadcasters. This course will give an overview of the processes involved in writing and pitching your proposal for factual programming.
Prior to the workshop, participants will submit a one - page proposal for a documentary or a factual project that will be developed and pitched during the workshop.

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How to Fund and Sell Your Documentary - Save £50!
(Mon 29- Tues 30 June)
With so many emerging funding and distribution options, which are the best routes to pursue for your particular project? DFG's How to Fund and Sell Workshop will give you the hefty dose of know-how and insider tips that you need to get ahead in the realm of factual funding and selling, and start getting your film underway.

You'll learn about the current funding opportunities, schemes and models of film financing, what different channels and broadcasters are looking for.

For more info:


t. 020 7249 6600

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