Course Dates:

Ist group: 2nd of July to the 20th of July (Core Teaching) - Places available

2nd group: Monday 13th August - Friday 31st August (Core Teaching) - Places available

Both groups will have the same course leader. Experience Level suggested - Beginner to Intermediate. 

Over the course of six weeks, students will complete a short documentary film of 5 to 10 minutes. The course is suitable for beginners who have had no formal filmmaking training, however, it would also be beneficial for those wishing to expand their skills into the self-shooting mode or those who wish to brush up on their filmmaking skills.

In the first three weeks, we will focus on building the technical and analytical skills needed to complete a documentary film project.  Through a variety of practical exercises, students will learn to produce, direct, shoot and edit. These are the four core skills needing mastering in order to become a successful self-shooting director. In addition, we will have an in-depth look at the art of filmmaking and students have the chance to learn from some of the best in the field through several guest lectures. 

After an intensive three week course students will then have three weeks to complete their final film. During this period you will have access to the equipment and edit suites available at Open City Documentary School at UCL. The required commitment following the core course teaching is two one-on-one meetings in weeks four and five with the course tutors to support the making of your film. These meetings can be done in person or remotely via Skype. In the last week of the course students will screen their rough cut and then on the last day, there will be a final screening where students can share their work on the big screen.

Please note that students will be required to bring two external hard-drives with them on the course. 

If you have any enquiries regarding this course please contact or please call 0203 1086696

Course Leader: Katharine Round

Katharine Round is a filmmaker and artist with over nineteen years experience in creative documentary for broadcast & cinema. At Disobedient, she has worked with the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design; award-winning broadcasters Netflix, Al Jazeera & the Guardian; and Forma Arts, one of Europe’s leading creative producers in cross art form productions. Her work spans broad themes of economics, society, and science, often told through the prism of psychology and character-driven narratives.

In 2016, she directed the critically-acclaimed “The Divide”, a feature-length film on the psychological impact of income inequality, inspired by the book ‘The Spirit Level’. Called “fierce and unsettling” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian), “jaw-dropping” (The Express), “timely, emotionally-shattering, formidable” (Picturehouse Cinemas), and “brilliantly-shot, insightful” (British Blacklist) the film had a successful theatric release across the UK including Picturehouse and Curzon sites, followed by a US/UK release on Netflix. She has also made films for the BBC, Channel 4 & Discovery as well as new platforms. She has had work exhibited at leading international film festivals (including Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA & Cork Film Festival), in galleries (the Serpentine, the Barbican Centre) and at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Katharine is also an accomplished producer, devising new models of finance and managing complex international shoots. She is the line producer for all of Disobedient’s productions and regularly gives masterclasses on film production to organisations such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, BAFTA, Four Corners Film and the Roundhouse. She is the co-founder of leading professional documentary filmmakers organisation Doc Heads, supporting documentary through curated events, masterclasses and commissioning opportunities.

Guest Tutor: Marc Isaacs 

Since 2001 Marc Isaacs has made more than 10 creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society, and BAFTA awards as well as numerous international film festival prizes. In 2006 he had a retrospective at the prestigious Lussas Documentary film festival in France and his work has been included in numerous documentary books and academic studies. In 2008, Marc received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. Marc is a guest tutor at the London Film School, the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway University. His latest film 'Men Who Sleep In Trucks' recently screened on the BBC. Watch Marc's BAFTA nominated short film Lift here.


"UCL Summer School was a fantastic way of learning the skills of filmmaking and editing. You learn from incredibly inspiring, insightful and talented filmmakers and editors. I came away from the course with an enthusiasm and love for making films and equipped with the skills to do so" - Sharmin Ahammad, Summer Film School 2017


Summer Film School

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 10:00


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