Writing & Developing the Documentary (WS)

Learn to develop, write, pitch and structure your documentary idea for sale and production.

While ideas for documentaries abound, the key is to realize the development of the idea into a doable, sellable, and compelling documentary treatment or proposal. This course is for anyone who has a documentary project  to produce, write and develop. The workshop provides an overview of the process by which documentary ideas become films. Students learn what works and what does not. Instruction covers how to research a story, outline ideas, develop a treatment, introduce and develop characters. In addition to participating in lectures, screenings, readings and one-on-one consults with the instructor, students practice pitching their projects in class for critique. The class covers a wide range of documentary forms and styles, including nature and science, social and current events, history and biography. Students come away with a firm understanding of how to put a documentary idea into a format that can be marketed and produced. This is a companion workshop to Funding & Marketing the Documentary workshop.

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $100.