When learning documentary, it's futile (and overwhelming) to tackle every detail at the start. Instead, we focus on the foundational principles of documentary storytelling: narrative approaches, character selection, idea development and execution. Our holistic approach teaches you how to think strategically with insight and foresight before you ever pick up a camera.
Amazingly, these days most everything that a documentary filmmaker needs to know can be learned online or through DIY study. But understanding the true essence of storytelling - that is a much more elusive task. Through the years, we have developed a tried and true methodology for translating into words what most professional filmmakers only know intuitively and after years of trial and error.
Thanks to technology, almost every aspect of documentary is changing rapidly: production techniques, funding strategies, distribution channels. We believe in teaching the foundational skills of storytelling that remain unchanged. Only with this strong foundation can you succeed and seamlessly transition between the ever-changing face of media.
While most Introductory courses offer a shallow overview of the entire filmmaking process, we dive deep into the creative process - demystifying it and making it accessible now. We offer a deep holistic understanding of how reality - overwhelming, and disorganized - can be systematically shaped into a focused, digestible and engaging film. With this foundation, you'll be able to confidently take your first steps from observer to director.
Saturday, November 1
The word "story" has become somewhat of a catch-phrase the past few years. But what does it actually mean? How does it work? Story is not just a label that you can place on any film or idea. It's a specific narrative strategy, a conscious arrangement of information in order to generate empathy and create an emotional journey. When done right, it inspires, motivates and yes, entertains.
Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16
Whether shooting their own images or working with a camera operator, great documentary directors are superb visual storytellers. They know how to infuse their stories with an additional layer of meaning that’s only possible by mastering the intricacies of visual communication. Through theory, visual examples and hands-on exercises in storyboarding and blocking, students will learn to visualize, communicate and effectively put into practice all the rules of visual grammar.
Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23
Our participants range from journalists and animators to advertisers, social innovators, photographers, teachers and bankers. The thing that unites us all is a drive to not just be passive observers, but active storytellers.
If you're looking for a broad, theoretical overview of the filmmaking process, our courses may not be for you. However, if you're a doer who is ready to dive head first, we promise to equip you with the essential skills you need to overcome the details and get started now.
Nonfiction storytelling. That’s what we’re all about. Producing, promoting and teaching the meticulous craft of non-fiction storytelling.
Address: 215 Spadina Ave.
Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario