Open City Documentary Festival

Summer Film School

Dates
Aug 5 — Sep 13
 
Price
£1800
 
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In just six weeks, led by filmmakers Katharine Round and Richard Alwyn, students can build the technical and analytical skills needed to complete their own documentary film project.

Want to make a documentary but don’t know where to start? Or do you have experience, but want hands-on guidance through the process of making your short documentary? Our intensive, practice-led summer school led by acclaimed documentary makers Katharine Round and Richard Alwyn gives you the practical, critical and theoretical skills to make your film.

In this six week course, students will complete a 5-10 minute self-shot documentary from start to finish. They will be encouraged and supported to discover and express their own response to the world around them: explore authorship, form, character, emotion, and much more. 

In the first three weeks, a series of practical exercises build the technical and analytical skills needed to complete a documentary film project: to produce, direct, shoot and edit. In addition, we 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.

Students are guided over the final three weeks to complete their film. During this period they will have access to the equipment and edit suites available at Open City Docs 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 the film. These meetings can be done in person or remotely via Skype. In the last week of the course, students screen their rough cut and then on the last day, there is a final screening where students can share their work on the big screen.

Students will be provided with a camera and sound equipment for the duration of the course. Please note that students are required to bring two external hard-drives with them.

“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

If you have any enquiries regarding this course please contact ripley@opencitylondon.com or please call 0203 1086696

Tutors

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Katharine Round

Course Leader

Katharine Round has over twenty years experience in creative documentary for broadcast & cinema. Her work is described as "tender and evocative" and “poignant and viscerally enraging", and aims to challenge the idea of documentary in all its forms.

In 2016, she directed the critically-acclaimed “The Divide”, hailed as “fierce and unsettling” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian) and “timely, emotionally-shattering, formidable” (Picturehouse Cinemas). The film had a successful theatrical release across the UK including Picturehouse and Curzon sites, followed by a US/UK release on Netflix. In 2017, she produced "London Symphony", called "a seductive parade of striking images" (Sight & Sound). It was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at Edinburgh International Film Festival before a successful UK theatrical release including 3 special events across London performed with a live orchestra supported by Arts Council England, and a release on BFI Player.

She has also made films for the BBC, Channel 4 & Discovery, the V&A, Al Jazeera and the Guardian, as well as new platforms. She has had work exhibited at leading international film festivals (including Sheffield Doc/Fest, IDFA, Open City & Cork Film Festival), in galleries (the Serpentine, the Barbican Centre) and at the European Parliament in Brussels.
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.

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Richard Alwyn

Guest Tutor

Richard Alwyn began making documentary films after several years teaching at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He quickly became one of the most distinctive and distinguished documentary makers of his generation, making films for many of the BBC's most prestigious strands as well as for Channel 4. Specialising in intimate portraits of ordinary people often caught at extraordinary moments in their lives, his films have been made and shown throughout the world. In 2006, he won Europe’s most highly coveted Prix Italia for The Beslan Siege. He has written and directed fiction, including the BAFTA nominated Stopping Distance. Recent documentary work includes two trilogies for BBC Four, Catholics and Cathedrals, and a film about the loss of the ability to use language, Speechless.