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Factual TV Research

Screenhouse Productions
In Leeds ()

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Typology Training
Duration 1 Day
  • Training
  • Duration:
    1 Day

This course covers the key skills you need to become a great television researcher, including scripting and ethics.
Suitable for: New researchers and runners, as well as graduates looking for their first job in television.

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Teachers and trainers (1)

Susan Walls
Susan Walls

Course programme

This one-day course covers basic research techniques. The key objectives are to give delegates:

  • An understanding of what makes a good television story.
  • Strategies for tracking down people and checking facts.
  • Scriptwriting skills – how to tell a story visually.
  • The ability to set up an efficient shoot.
  • An understanding of the researcher’s role on location, including the
  • importance of time-code, and how to handle an interview.
  • Basic knowledge of legal and ethical issues: copyright and music; location
  • and contributor releases; impartiality and fair dealing.
  • Plus the five golden rules to follow if you want to be a great television
  • researcher.

This course runs for one day, from 10am until 4pm. It’s illustrated throughout with clips and behind-the-scenes footage. The tutor is Susan Walls, a TV researcher, writer and producer, whose work has won several awards, including a BAFTA and a New York Film Festival Gold Medal. Susan also lectures on research techniques.

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