MASTERCLASS: The Art of Producing Documentaries

 

Overview

This masterclass comprises three parts mirroring the chronology of producing a documentary. The first covers the elements of pre-production, from initial development to shooting outline. The second part covers the crafts of field and post-production. Special emphasis will be placed on writing as writing is the glue that binds all the crafts.  It is also the most complicated and difficult to master. The third part covers the techniques and challenges of the main specialist factual genres: science, history, current affairs, observational and presenter-led.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn elements of pre-production, from initial development to shooting outline.
  • Understand the crafts of field and post-production.
  • Attain knowledge on the techniques and challenges of the main specialist factual genres: science, history, current affairs, observational and presenter-led.

 

Who Should Attend

This masterclass is suitable for Filmmakers, Directors, Producers and Screenwriters who have the keen interest in producing documentaries.

 

(Duration) Date

(4 Days) -

IMDA Talent Assistance Grant Registration Closing Date: -

 

Time

9:30am to 5:30pm

 

Fees (Inclusive of 7% GST)

Application Fee: S$53.50 -Waived-

Full Course Fee: S$3,210.00

Course Fee after IMDA Talent Assistance Grant*: S$535.00

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Trainer Profile

Sydney Suissa is currently a broadcast consultant who designs and leads training workshops in story development and production for international clients, including Fox Latin America, National Geographic Asia and Europe, and Frantic Films (Canada). Workshops focused on creative, editorial and technical elements of factual and lifestyle development and production.

Sydney was with National Geographic Channel International for 8 years, as an Executive Vice President on Content, as well as on Regional Production. He designed and executed a global, aggressive, and forward-looking programming strategy to expand NGCI’s position and reach in all media, as well as programming strategies for the launch of new channels including Nat Geo Adventure, Nat Geo HD, Nat Geo Wild, and Nat Geo Music.

He has approved and oversaw all programming for National Geographic Channel International, (budget of $55 million for global content). Key signature series and specials included Great Migrations, Megastructures, Megafactories,  Air Crash Investigation, Meet the Natives, Engineering Connections The Gospel of Judas, Apocalypse: World War II,  Brady Barr’s Dangerous Encounters, Food Lover’s Guide to the Planet, and Light at the Edge of the World with Wade Davis.

Before joining Nat Geo, Sydney was the Vice President for Documentary Production and Development for Barna-Alper Productions Inc, Toronto Canada, managing all creative aspects for existing signature documentary series, including Turning Points of History (12x1hr  for History Television, Discovery Times, History Channel UK, various channels in Latin America), and Frontiers of Construction (13x1hr  for Discovery Channel Canada, Canal D, NGCI, Tech TV).

Sydney’s extensive experience in documentary production and development will provide great learning opportunities for media practitioners who are looking at expanding and creating great documentaries for the intended audience.

 

 

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