Brighton Film Workshops
In Brighton And Hove

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Typology Training
Level Beginner
Location Brighton and hove
Class hours 7h
Duration 1 Day
  • Training
  • Beginner
  • Brighton and hove
  • 7h
  • Duration:
    1 Day

A one day practical film workshop to learn the basics of documentary film-making including how to write, direct, produce, finance, shoot, edit and sell your finished documentary film.

Suitable for: Everyone welcome aged 18+.

This practical workshop is a whistle-stop introduction to the world of micro-documentaries led by award-winning filmmakers Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford. They have their own film production company and are the founders of Brighton Film Workshops.

It covers everything from coming up with a concept, researching, scripting, directing, the practical techniques for operating camera & sound for plus the basics of editing, marketing, distributing and selling documentaries to make a profit.


Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Brighton And Hove
Studio 4, Bird Studios, Vantage Point New England Street Brighton, East Sussex Bn1 4gw, BN1 4GW, East Sussex, England
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Starts On request
Brighton And Hove
Studio 4, Bird Studios, Vantage Point New England Street Brighton, East Sussex Bn1 4gw, BN1 4GW, East Sussex, England
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Frequent Asked Questions

· What are the objectives of this course?

To learn the essentials of documentary film-making - so for everyone to leave having an understanding of the work involved in making and selling a film - which will hopefully inspire people to go out and make their own films!

· Who is it intended for?

Anyone aged 16+ with an interest in making films.

· Requirements

No requirements, just a passion to make films!

· Qualification

Certificate of Attendance.

· What marks this course apart?

it's a very practical hands-on course, that is fast-paced and fund!

· What happens after requesting information?

You will be emailed by the course director, Toni Harman and you will be sent a link to book onto the course.

· Will we shoot our own film on the workshop?

On the day, we will film a range of practical exercises, but we won't make a complete short film.

· Will I be given handouts at the end of the workshop?

Yes. You will be emailed a set of useful handouts after the workshop.

What you'll learn on the course

Video Production
Video Camera
Film Production
Film Directing
Film Making

Teachers and trainers (2)

Alex Wakeford
Alex Wakeford
DoP / Writer / Producer

DoP of commercials, short films, feature films and writer / producer of CREDO, a low budget independent feature film recently released by Lionsgate.

Toni Harman
Toni Harman
Director / Producer

Award-winning director / producer who has made several shorts which have been broadcast in over 40 countries worldwide. First feature film CREDO has been sold internationally including a release by a major Hollywood Studio.

Course programme

Limited places available on this one day practical workshop on how to write, produce, direct, shoot and edit documentary films:


Writing a proposal, preparing a budget and schedule, sources of finance, writing a documentary script, hiring the right kit, organising the location and a check-list of what to take with you. Plus choosing the right documentary style – whether it is a first person authored film, an observational documentary or something more artistically unique!

The shoot:
Practical demonstrations on how to set up the camera, basic lighting and sound, how to shoot sequences, cut-aways and how to interview your subject including what questions to ask and how to ask them!

Basic editing principles, writing voice-over, choosing music, graphics, grade, dub and finishing your film, plus essentials of marketing, PR, distribution, film festival strategy and selling your film to make a profit!

Run by producer/director of award-winning documentaries.

Venue: Studio 4, Bird Studios, New England Street, Brighton BN1 4GW
Central location: 8 mins walk from Brighton train station

Sun 12th June Time: 10-5pm.

Normal Price: £149
Early Book price: £99 (If booked by 30th April 2016)


  • 10:00 Introduction and discussion on the art and technique of documentary film-making
  • 11:00 Everything you need to know about producing, pre-production and preparing to shoot your documentary film
  • 13:00 Short lunch (not provided - please bring packed lunch)
  • 13:30 Practical demonstration of Self-Shooting, how to set up a digital camera, tripod sound & simple lights using professional digital film equipment. Shooting sequences and interviews.
  • 15:15 Break
  • 15:30 Discussion on all aspects of post-production including writing script, offline and online editing, sound post & finishing your film.
  • 17:00 Wrap

Additional information

Comments: We keep our classes small in order for all students to have a chance to participate in the practical exercises.
Career opportunities: This workshop will introduce you to the basics of documentary film-making which will help prepare you for when you make your own documentary films. This will also be good preparation for employment in the factual television or independent filmmaking industry.
Credits/Points: Certificate of Attendance
Students per class: 16
Contact person: Toni Harman

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