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Bring your documentary idea to life: A weekend development lab with award-winning documentary makers

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Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM (BST)

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Learn to find funding and connect with your audience at this weekend development lab in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London.

Whether you have a budget for your documentary or not, the gap between the idea and the final film has never been so small. Creative technologies are constantly evolving, exposing new content to fresh audiences - and documentaries are now being told across all manner of genres and platforms. Whether it’s a film, a podcast, or a virtual reality project, there are boundless ways to bring your idea to life that don't necessarily require a major commission.

You will be supported at this weekend workshop by award-winning industry experts Victoria Mapplebeck, Marc Issacs and Helen Littleboy, who teach on the MA in Documentary by Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London. You will participate in a series of lively exercises, discussions, talks and screenings, designed to further your storytelling skills. With them, you will be encouraged to stretch boundaries and use your creativity and originality.

You will also receive guest sessions from a diverse selection of high-profile directors and commissioners, including Katharine Round, Trim Lamba, Darren Emerson and John Smith. You will also receive targeted funding guidance from commissioners including Charlie Phillips from Guardian Films, Beadie Finzi from Doc Society, Matt Shaw from The Lush Film Fund and Adam Gee from Real Stories.

Course content

  • Discover how to bring your documentary story to life, with or without funding

  • Strategies for finding your vision and audience

  • New contacts and ideas for raising finance

  • Pitching your idea to commissioning editors

  • Different funding routes, from traditional broadcast to DIY options

  • Advice on distribution, marketing and networking

Tutor profiles

Victoria Mapplebeck is an award-winning writer, artist and director, as well as a reader in Digital Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. Since the early 90s she has written, directed and produced a large body of films for cinema, television and the web. She wrote and directed TEXT ME in 2014, which won the PixelLab Prize and the Merging Media Prize for Best European Cross Platform Project. She has since been experimenting with smartphone film production; Missed Call (2017) was the first commissioned documentary to be shot on the iPhone X and recently won the Social Media Short Story Award at the 2018 AHRC Research in Film Awards. Victoria is currently in production on a new smartphone short for The Guardian.

Marc Isaacs is a director and tutor on the MA in Documentary by Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London. Since his 2001 film Lift, he has made more than 14 creative documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and theatrical release. He was an assistant to Oscar-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski in the early noughties. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards, as well as numerous international film festival prizes. In 2008 Mark received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London. A boxset of his complete works entitled From Lift to the Road was released by Second Run DVD in 2018.

Helen Littleboy is an executive producer who works with some of the UK's most highly regarded production companies. She worked on the Grierson Award-nominated BBC series Hospital (2017) and the 2015 Channel 4 award-winning comedy fixed rig series The Hotel. She has a particular interest in nurturing emerging talent with acclaimed documentaries for Channel 4's Cutting Edge series, and 10 films for the First Cut strand for new directors. Helen has developed, produced and directed more than 50 hours of television, and she is currently a tutor on the MA in Documentary by Practice at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Royal Holloway University of London
11 Bedford Square
WC1B 3R London
United Kingdom

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM (BST)


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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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