Reaching an audience begins with the first steps in the development and financing of the film project. Students learn how to match their passion for a subject with a strategy that guides them from research and treatment through production and into release. From feature docs aiming for major festivals to program pilots hoping to become cable series...what subjects 'travel' well? What are the real and often subtle approaches to concept and style that make the difference? Students in this workshop learn how to translate ideas into compelling proposals, trailers, and pitches and where to take them for funding. There will be emphasis on the role of the global television marketplace, which can be a key source of funding and support for documentaries. Students receive insight into pivotal networks, their relationships with other funding sources, the roles of pitching forums, work-in-progress screenings and film festivals. Projects already in development are reviewed in advance of the class and undergo a hands-on process over the weekend. Students with projects can expect intensive feedback that can help them achieve revised versions of their proposals, budgets, and trailers. The class also gains insight into examples of completed projects, including those entering the international festival and distribution circuit.
Lunch is included for both days, other meals are on your own. Lodging is available on campus, private room & bath. $75/night