This 5-day film-making course will take you through all the stages of making a short documentary about your work. It includes:
Documentary theory: what makes a good film? How to think about using film and video to promote your research. The language of film: Shot sizes, camera movement, and how to use them.
Pre-production: Planning your film, researching content, organising shoots. Understanding equipment, copyright and permissions, story-boarding.
Production: Shooting interviews, shooting additional material, getting good quality sound, lighting your interviews
Post-production: Editing your film, boosting the colour and audio of your film, best use of music, adding simple graphics, titles and web links.
Promoting your film: Upload to Youtube, search engine optimisation, social media, getting your film seen.
Each day will combine learning theory in the classroom, with practical, hands on experience of filming techniques, and analysing footage. Each participant will have the opportunity to be involved in every stage of the film-making process. They are invited to come prepared to make their own film on the course, and will be taught all the stages to produce a finished film after 5 days.
About George Chan:
"I’ve worked in TV and film for eighteen years after joining the BBC
to work with Sir David Attenborough on the series State of the
Planet. I’ve been fortunate to travel the world producing and
directing on internationally renowned documentaries, such as
Planet Earth and Wild China, and I now bring a wealth of high
quality broadcast experience to research and enterprise taking
place in the UK. My early career started with a PhD in Evolutionary
Biology and I have continued to work alongside scientists and
researchers on an almost daily basis – translating and bringing
discoveries and ideas to life on screen. It’s been a real privilege
to be able to film groundbreaking research and meet the people
Participants and registration
The course accepts a maximum of 9 students. It is ideal for anyone wanting to learn the techniques of documentary filming. Students typically have a background in science (wanting to disseminate their work more effectively), science communication, and marketing.
The fees include full participation in the course and course material, provision of a certificate of attendance, half-board accommodation at Casa Morgado Esporão for up to 5 nights including breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks (offering assortment of coffees, teas, fruit juices and cookies).
Unfortunately we have no scholarships on offer. We do offer early bird discounts and shared accommodation is provided for those with more limited budgets.
If you wish to cancel your participation in this course, cancellations up to 60 days before the course start date will incur a 40% cancellation fee. For later cancellations, or non-attendance, the full course fee will be charged.
In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, accepted candidates will either be entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or the fee can be credited toward a future course. The organisation is not responsible for travel costs, or any other expenses incurred by the candidate as a result of such cancellation. Every effort will be made to avoid the cancellation of the planned course.
Place and date
The workshop will be held at Casa Morgado Esporão - "Residência das Artes, Ciências e Humanidades". The course will take place between the 19 and 23 of October with teaching taking place from 09:30 am and 05:30 pm.
This is the third edition of the course. Testimonials from students and the teacher are provided in the video below.