Open City Docs School Courses

Course dates: Evenings of 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th July (7pm - 9.30pm)

Have you got an idea for a documentary but wondered how to get if off the ground? 

This course, taking place over four evenings, aims to cover the elements of filmmaking not covered by our other practical camera skills short courses.

From researching the initial idea through to storytelling in the edit, this course will utilise the expertise of filmmaker and producer Havana Marking to guide you through the process of getting a documentary idea off the ground and ready for production.


Course Outline:

Session 1: Intro, finding and developing an idea: what makes a great doc? 

Session 2: Research, writing a treatment, and the ultimate pitch

Session 3: Casting & Interview technique

Session 4: Animation, Archive and Actors: how to cover the un-filmable parts


Havana Marking: Award-winning Documentary Director 

A British journalist and filmmaker, Marking specialises in documentary films that move, enlighten and reveal the bigger picture. Setting the bar for skill and fearlessness, her first feature, Afghan Star, told the story of the X-Factor in Afghanistan. It won both the Directing and Audience awards in Sundance 2009, The Grierson award for ‘best doc on a contemporary issue’ and the Prix Italia. She gained extraordinary access to the world's most successful diamond thieves for her 2012 BBC feature Smash & Grab: the Story of the Pink Panthers, which was then optioned by Danny Boyle. She has made TV films for BBC, Channel 4, HBO, and VICE. Her latest: Ashley Madison: WTF? will air on C4 in July. Her articles and photographs have been published in the Guardian, The Observer and the Telegraph. 


Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking with Havana Marking

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 19:00
£250 / £225 (Student) / £200 (UCL Student)

14 Taviton Street