Documentary and Factual Television
Sawtooth Studios, 31 Southwark St, Christchurch
5.30pm for a 6pm sharp start

Welcome to our workshop focussed on documentary and factual television which remain popular genres in Aotearoa New Zealand and vary enormously, stretching from reality, popular factual, obs doc through current affairs to theatrical, festival and even interactive and transmedia documentary.

Our presenters are Professor Annie Goldson and Producer / Director Kay Ellmers.

In this session, we will look at the documentary idea - discuss where ideas come from, how viable they might be, and how best to realize them.  You may be working for a TV show that produces short documentary segments that are formally similar, or perhaps you are attempting a more experimental approach. Generally, the budgets are always too lean! Whatever one's vision or goal, it can be a question of thinking how best we use our imagination within the constraints we have, and what formal approach can best serve the idea.

This Workshop will explore how the various 'building blocks' of documentary can be deployed. In other words, what are the best tools to realize your idea? Depending on the priorities of workshop participants, the type of building blocks we may cover are:

  • Interview
  • In situ actuality audio
  • Presenter
  • Narration
  • Archive - stills and moving
  • Graphics
  • Visual sequences - observational/ choreographed
  • Re-enactments, from subtle POV to fully dramatic

Date:  10th October

Time:  5.30pm for a 6pm sharp start

Venue:  Sawtooth Studios, 31 Southwark St, Christchurch

Members free.  Non-members $15.  Drinks and nibbles provided.


Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.