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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • From newbie to advanced filmmakers just looking to make better films
  • Journalists
  • Campaigners

What you’ll learn: 

  • The definition of a documentary
  • Difference between short form and long form storytelling
  • How to know your audience
  • What is a story?
  • Selling your story
  • The pitch
  • Research and voice
  • Selling the project
  • The cover letter
  • Difference between ‘good’ documentaries and ‘great’ documentaries
  • The proposal
  • Structure
  • The theme
  • The opening
  • The treatment
  • The edit
  • Writing the script
  • Commissioning and funding
  • Cultivating funding relationships
  • Other funding options
  • Processes and paperwork


  • No prior knowledge is required to take this course

This course will take you from the absolute basics of the first ideas, through story development, owning the project, securing access, pitching, proposal writing, story development, pre-production planning, budgeting, the difference between ‘good’ and ‘great’ documentaries, funding, commissioning, self-funding, self-production, crowdfunding, distribution, sales agents, and self-releasing.

Don’t waste any more time trying to get your documentary course off the ground. Get focused with this masterclass, the very same course designed and delivered to broadcasters all over the world.

This masterclass is based on the course that Dean delivers all over the world to broadcasters and corporate clients including the BBC, ITV, Media Corp, Press Association, Frontline Club, and many others.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned how to produce great documentaries.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about creating documentaries.

Course Curriculum

6h 22m

Section 1 - Introduction
Introduction 00:00:00
The Definition Of A Documentary 00:00:00
Difference Between Short Form And Long Form Storytelling 00:00:00
Know Your Audience 00:00:00
Section 2 - Story
What Is A Story? Part 1 00:00:00
What Is A Story? Part 2 00:00:00
Focus Your Story 00:00:00
Sell Your Story 00:00:00
The Pitch 00:00:00
Research And Voice 00:00:00
Why Should The Audience Care? 00:00:00
Section 3 - Selling The Project
Selling The Project 00:00:00
The Cover Letter 00:00:00
More Story Focusing 00:00:00
The Human Condition 00:00:00
Difference Between ‘Good’ Documentaries And ‘Great’ Documentaries 00:00:00
The Proposal 00:00:00
Structure 00:00:00
The Theme 00:00:00
Section 4 - Other Processes
The Opening 00:00:00
The Treatment 00:00:00
The Edit 00:00:00
Writing The Script 00:00:00
Commissioning And Funding 00:00:00
Cultivating Funding Relationships 00:00:00
Other Funding Options 00:00:00
Processes And Paperwork 00:00:00
Extra Resources 00:00:00
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