Documentary Research Workshop

Often, the hardest part of making a documentary is knowing where to start: how to source information, how to collect it and how to process it. 

In our evening Documentary Research Workshop, director/producer  Mark Saunders will draw on the example of either The Truth Lies in Rostock or The Battle of Trafalgar* to demonstrate a range of research strategies and techniques for producing investigative factual programmes, based on his award winning work with Despite TV and Spectacle.

*Attendees will be given a special link to watch the selected documentary before the session.


What you will learn on the course

- How to research with and without the internet

- Participatory and crowd research strategies

- Analysing media

- Alternative sources of information

- Notions of the expert

- Analysing and deconstructing official information

- Collecting and using archive

- Research on camera

- Strategies of interviewing


What have past participants said about us?

"Very ethical and honest approach to documentary research at grassroots level.” - Samantha Lasbury

“Very informative and clear.” - Rachel Cudjie

“Good value, informative and friendly.” - Nick

“De-mystification in general” - Hugo

SUITABILITY

Suitable for anyone with an interest in documentary filmmaking, regardless of their experience level. However, may be particularly useful to aspiring filmmakers, near the start of a project. 

COURSE SIZE

There will be between 4 and 10 participants at each session.

COURSE DATES

I'm sorry, we don't have any workshops scheduled at the moment. If you're interested in taking the course, please get in touch - we may be able to schedule additional dates if we receive sufficient interest.

You can also look at the dates of all our different courses on our course Calendar

PRICE

£65

LOCATION

The course is based at our premises in Battersea, South London, close to Clapham Junction station. We are in unit 25 of the Battersea Business Centre, 99-109 Lavender Hill, SW11 5QL. Detailed travel instructions are included in our  FAQs and will be sent to all enrolled participants on booking and a week before the course begins.

One-to-one training and bespoke group courses can be arranged at our premises, or yours.