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Documentary by Practice

  • Option 1 year full time
  • Year of entry 2020
  • Campus Central London

The course

Documentary stories are being told in cinemas, on TV, in galleries, on tablets and on mobile phones. Whether you want to make a non-fiction feature film, podcast, or 360° project, there are boundless ways to bring your documentary idea to life. Creative technologies are constantly evolving, exposing new content to fresh audiences. The gap between the idea and your final film has never been so small. At Royal Holloway we nurture a talented new generation of creative and innovative non-fiction directors, producers, cinematographers and editors.

Whether your aim is to make a high-end feature documentary or a no budget short, this is your opportunity to receive expert advice from industry leaders who will help you shape your story and find your audience and platform. Key Skills you will learn:

  • How to develop documentary stories which are truly multi genre and multi platform.
  • How to bring your documentary story to life, with or without funds
  • How to innovate and experiment
  • Edit technique and shaping your story
  • Strategies for finding your vision and audience
  • Advanced technical skills in camera, sound recording and editing
  • 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
  • Knowledge and understanding of a new world of exciting non-fiction content.

This course is primarily run from our newly refurbished central London campus in the heart of Bloomsbury and is taught by:

  • Victoria Mapplebeck, an award winning film and VR director.  She recently directed Missed Call, the first commissioned short to be shot on an iPhone X. Her first smartphone short, 160 Characters, received a Vimeo staff pick and more than a million hits online.
  • Marc Isaacs, who has been making shorts and feature docs since 2001. Marc has won RTS and BAFTA awards for his work and recently a collection of his films has been released by Second Run and featured in Sight and Sound.
  • Helen Littleboy, a Grierson and BAFTA nominated director and executive producer whose recent work includes the acclaimed and impactful BBC documentary Hospital which in 2018 won the Royal Television Society award for Best Documentary Series.

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