Subject, Style Equipment for Documentaries | Raindance Film Festival


[NEW] Documentary Filmmaking: Subject, Style and Equipment

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$79.59 $71.63

With: Tom Webb
Next start date:
 Wednesday 21st July, 19:00 – 21:30
Location: Online via Zoom

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At a glance

  • Part of the Practical Documentary Foundation
  • Learn the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking
  • Learn how to make the skills transferrable between passion projects and paid corporate work

What you will Learn:

Subject, Style and why the equipment isn’t important except when it is. 

You have a subject, how do you turn that into a documentary? What choices do you need to make and which ones are important? In this class  we will look at:

  • How do you create a vision for your documentary? 
  • How does style communicate story?
  • Is equipment really that important?
  • Camera basics and how to pick the right camera for your documentary
  • Platforms and distribution .
  • Composition and its effect on the audience. 
  • B-roll is actually A-roll
  • Lighting: When, How and Why. 
  • Location sound and why it’s more important than the visuals

Part of Practical Documentary Foundation Certificate
What is Documentary Filmmaking | Subject and Style Empathy or Antagonism | Post-Production | Passion or Profit

Who should attend

This course is for anyone interested in making documentary style films. Whether you are a complete novice who is interested in getting started or whether you are an experienced videographer who wants to take the next step.

About your instructor

Tom We

Tom Webb started making short films in his early teens and his love of filmmaking continued in his career.

After starting his filmmaking life re-editing American TV shows for broadcast on the Discovery Channel in the UK and filming Martial Arts and Professional Wrestling

Tom then went on to be Head of Creative at Upbeat, a digital agency that covers video production and web development. Whilst there Tom filmed and edited everything from press junkets to film premieres, medical videos to corporate events, A-list movie stars to random people in the street.

Alongside this Tom has also co hosted the Have You Seen..? Podcast.and has made award winning short films, short form documentaries and a feature length documentary about the male perspective of fertility treatment called The Easy Bit which premiered at Raindance in 2019. It was reviewed in The Hollywood Reporter.

Tom’s Social Media:

Personal Twitter: @TomWebbDirector | Personal Instagram: @tomwebbdirector
The Easy Bit Twitter: @theeasybitdoc | Instagram: @theeasybit | Facebook:

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2 reviews for


[NEW] Documentary Filmmaking: Subject, Style and Equipment

  1. Ben Elliott

    Brilliant, wonderfully produced, presented and brimming with vital information

  2. David Taylor (verified owner)

    Really informative and interesting. Used real life examples and gave detailed answers to any questions asked. Would recommend, and I am glad I attended.

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