Documentary Filmmaking for Women | Raindance Dubai

Documentary Filmmaking – Dubai

Duration: One Monday & Wednesday Morning (11am-2pm) or Evening (6-9pm)
Address: Raindance Film School, Al Wasl Villa 332-1195, Dubai, UAE
Price: 1100 AED for both sessions, 600 AED individually
Next Start Dates: April 5 (6-9pm), April 12 (11am-2pm), April 19 (11am-2pm), April 26 (11am-2pm), May 3 (11am-2pm), May 17 (6-9pm), May 24 (6-9pm)

20% off for Raindance Members

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Documentary filmmakers break free from the conventional rules of filmmaking. This course is not only catered to learn the fundamentals of documentary research and planning, but also acts as a guide for filmmakers toward creating non-fiction art that can be voiced. Your stories, experiences, personal goals, and passions are all key points to your career as a filmmaker, and this course explores documentary in its various forms as a method of storytelling.

What you will learn

You will learn both the moral and ethical ways of researching and approaching a subject, along with the key aspects of teamwork, confidence, and control over the filmmaking process. By the end of the course, you will gain insight to the camera and editing techniques in documentary films, and the right avenues to distribute your films. 

Day 1: Research & Production

To make a film you first have to know your story. The first session will take you through how to identify a powerful idea and convert it into a documentary that will resonate with audiences. Covering topics of research to camera movements to production documents. 

  • Fiction vs. non-fiction cinema 
  • Short-form storytelling vs feature filmmaking 
  • Women in film 
  • Documentary styles around the world 
  • Research is key 
  • Converting an idea into a story 
  • Building confidence as a female director 
  • Understanding production for documentary films
  • Camera, lights and sounds  
  • Writing a documentary script 
  • Conducting an interview 
  • Telling a true story 
  • Structuring your film 

Includes a group feedback session at the end of day one, where students with documentary ideas have the opportunity to pitch to the group for an open discussion.

Day 2: Editing & Distribution

Editing can make or break your film. Here, on day two, we learn the right way to use timings and pacing in your film, allowing the audience to connect with the subject. We go over music, sound, and color in theory as a way to move the audience. We end the session with the right steps to take in order to release and distribute your film to the world. 

  • Different editing techniques 
  • Post-production process for documentaries 
  • Technology that works on a budget 
  • Sourcing archival footage 
  • Shaping characters in the film 
  • Power of music 
  • Narration or voice over 
  • Responsibility of a documentary filmmaker 
  • Sharing your film 
  • Confidence to sell your film
  • A dive into the streaming era of documentary 

Who should take the course?

This two-day course is designed for one who wish to learn the key fundamentals of documentary film production, as well as the theories and nuances of non-fiction storytelling. You will learn what the craft of filming means intellectually, morally, and aesthetically through all stages of production. 

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