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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (BST)

How to develop your idea for a documentary

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Discover how to develop, pitch and distribute factual films at this highly informative online masterclass with Charlie Phillips, head of video at the Guardian.

 

This online workshop is part of our new, exciting range of digital masterclasses that we are offering. In this live online workshop, you will have the opportunity to engage in real time with our brilliant course tutors, as well as other participants – with additional pre and post-course support from our learning team. To celebrate the launch, we are offering a very limited supply of introductory early bird tickets for each event, discounted up to 45%  once they're gone, they're gone!

 

If you've been waiting for a sign to turn your ideas into a great documentary, this is it.

 

There's no time like lockdown to get your vision out of your head and onto the screen, and in this informative digital workshop with Guardian head of video Charlie Philips, the process of developing, pitching and distributing factual films will be demystified.

 

Suitable for filmmakers at any stage of their careers, the class includes up-to-date market information and lots of practical advice on pitching ideas to editors.

 

Charlie will also discuss what the Guardian is currently doing with documentaries, and how you can get involved.

 

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 6.30pm (BST).

 

Content

  • How to grow your idea for a documentary
  • Pitching your idea to commissioning editors
  • Different funding options, including traditional broadcast routes and more experimental DIY options
  • Advice on distribution, marketing and networking
  • Shortform versus longform
  • The future of documentary-making: how to seize the opportunities digital technology has to offer
  • Q&A

 

Class preparation

  • You’re encouraged to arrive with ideas for documentaries you might like to make, as well as a sense of the style and content of films you enjoy watching. However, this preparation is not essential to attend the class or benefit from it.

 

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 6.30pm (BST).

 

Tutor profile

Charlie Phillips is head of video at the Guardian. He was deputy director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for seven years. Prior to that, he was editor of FourDocs for Channel 4. Find him on Twitter here.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 1hr before the start time of 6.30pm (BST).

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 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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