Of course, it is important which story you want to tell. But did you know that it is perhaps even more important how you tell that story? In this week-long course, we fully immerse ourselves in various documentary storytelling methods.
Using examples, you will learn how to build a good documentary story. How do you create a tension curve? What is a round story? Why is it often better to show something first than to have it said?
How will we approach this week?
You will learn the theory of good documentary storytelling and put it into practice. You will learn how to film a documentary in a good way: to wait, to register, to follow but also to direct: because some scenes require direction in order to be cinematically effective.
Based on various assignments, you will learn when to use which filming method and story structure. Many of these assignments will be done on location. The city is our playground! Depending on the Dutch summer weather, we will look for different situations. We will discuss and examine how you can best tackle and film your scene beforehand.
In the end, we will edit several scenes into a whole that can be viewed on a Friday.
It is useful for this course if you can bring your own camera or laptop with Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Première Pro on it. The camera can be either a video camera or a DSLR. It is important that the camera has a good (long) zoom lens.