NIDA Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking

For adults 18+

Level: Core Techniques

An introduction to the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking. Consider the planning, interviewing and script writing stages. Explore how to recreate events and capture the best images for your documentary.

Course components

  • Explore the fundamentals of documentary film making in practical explorations.
  • Gain an understanding of effective interview techniques.
  • Identify strong filming techniques that contribute to making an engaging documentary.
  • Engage in the post production process; edit your rushes confidently and professionally with an editing intensive workshop.


  • Techniques for planning and shooting a documentary film.
  • Practical experience in script writing techniques.
  • Awareness of how post production processes lead towards a professional product.

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Some experience recommended

Important information

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  • Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in for all drama and performance related courses. Clothing that restricts movement is inappropriate.
  • Please wear closed-in shoes. Shoes may be removed in the rehearsal room on the direction of the class tutor.
  • Please bring along a pen, notebook or electronic device and a bottle of water to all classes.

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