AN INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION is a one-day workshop designed for new filmmakers and others interested in entering television production. The workshop will examine the editorial and creative skills you’ll need to guide you through the arc of making a documentary.

The emphasis will be on story structure, research and interviewing techniques, and the basic rules of television writing. There will also be a brief overview of cinematography and editing and how best to work with and manage your production team.

The goal is to provide you with useful and practical information to strengthen your confidence as you make your way through this wonderful world of documentary production.

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The Workshop will be conducted by Sydney Suissa.

Trained as journalist, he began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation working his way from production assistant to documentary producer to Executive Producer. In 2004 he moved to Washington DC to take on the position of   Executive VP of Programming for National Geographic, a position he held until 2012. He has launched numerous channels including History Television, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure, and most recently Zoomoo (a pre-school channel). For the past 4 years, Sydney has been a consultant for various media and production groups and has conducted extensive documentary training in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia.  His awards include an International Emmy and two Geminis. Sydney holds a Masters Degree in Journalism and is based in the Washington DC area.

RM 30 per person, inclusive of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

More information available here.

There will also be a 3 day workshop for more experienced filmmakers.