Booked Out: Online: The Craft of Documentary Storytelling with Brendan Culleton & Irina Maldea

Booked Out: Online: The Craft of Documentary Storytelling with Brendan Culleton & Irina Maldea

Starts Thurs 18 June 2020
Time: 6.30 pm-8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members

All remote Irish Writers Centre courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)

Is there is something about which you feel very passionate and you think it could make a good documentary? Often we have a good idea or a good topic but we don’t know what the story is. If we can tell a story, we have a stronger impact. From beginners to professionals, we all encounter the same challenges with every new project.

The course is designed to provide the participants with the tools to create compelling stories and to reach and engage their audiences. It will cover the different styles and modes of documentary storytelling from the beginning until the present.

 Topics include:

  • Documentary genres and modes: observational, expository, poetic, archive compilation. Your mode will dictate how you tell the story.
  • Writing for documentary.
  • The process of creating the narrative, from idea to treatment.
  • Narrative structure, plot, linear and non-linear
  • Narrative elements(story, conflict, structure and character)
  • Narrative point of view and subjectivity
  • i-docs: new storytelling in documentary: interactive, immersive, fragmented

The participants will learn through lectures, case studies and exercises, where they can work on their own projects with mentoring from the tutors.

This course is suitable for emerging writers; established writers in different genres interested in docs, and those with a strong interest in a subject that they feel could make a documentary.

An award-winning documentary maker of many years standing, Brendan Culleton teaches documentary studies at the National Film School, IADT. He acts as a consultant for the main European film funding institutions and is industry expert at markets around Europe.

Irina Maldea’s films have received many IFTA Award nominations, winning best documentary for the feature documentary “Congo”.  Her work spans feature film and documentary. She is lead tutor at the industry section of the Astra International Documentary Film Festival and a guest lecturer at IADT.

Both Irina and Brendan hold Masters degrees in Screenwriting and are QQI qualified trainers. Their production company, akajava films, has made award-winning films which received cinematic distribution, such as Congo – an Irish Affair and Biafra – Forgotten Mission.

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