Home / Training & Workshops / Documentary School 2015 | Spring 2015

Documentary School 2015 | Spring 2015

Duration / Date: 5 Saturdays & 2 Sundays (9.30am – 4.30pm) and 4 Tuesdays & 1 Thursday evening (6pm – 9pm): Saturday February 28th, Tuesday March 3rd, Saturday March 7th, Tuesday March 10th, Saturday & Sunday March 14th & 15th, Thursday March 19th, Saturday & Sunday March 21st & 22nd, Tuesday March 24th, Saturday March 28th, Tuesday April 7th, 2015. Email education@galwayfilmcentre.ie or phone 091-770748 to book a place.

Cost: €425 unwaged/€475 waged. Includes membership to the Centre for the year.

Over five weeks*, this course will introduce beginners to all the elements involved in making a documentary film. Through a mixture of theory and practical work, experienced documentary maker, Jill Beardsworth, will guide eight participants to make 2 short documentaries.

Modules covered will include:

  • Genres of documentary
  • Research
  • Proposal writing & Pitching
  • Camera (Tutor: Experienced Documentary Maker, Keith Walsh)
  • Interview Techniques
  • Sound
  • Production including budgets
  • Editing

* Course takes place on five Saturdays and two Sundays from 9.30am – 4.30pm and four Tuesday one Thursday Evening from 6.00pm – 9.00pm.

What People say about this Course:
The power of observation, the subtle impact of sound, the skill involved in applying different conventions to storytelling-  these are just some of the highlights for me of a course that was about much more than  learning how to pitch for, devise, script, shoot and edit a documentary.  As a print journalist with no ability to recognise a straight horizon, I’ve always admired documentary makers. Having had the privilege of learning from two masters – Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh  of Two Pair Films – at Galway Film Centre last year, I cannot recommend the course highly enough. It’s worth every cent… and you get to watch some great films with some great people.
Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times

I signed up for this course because I wanted to expand my journalistic horizons beyond the print medium. I found it well-rounded and extremely practical, and both Jill and Keith were very personable, engaging and knowledgeable. The planning and filming of the two documentaries were essential elements, and there was great satisfaction in seeing the final production on a big screen. I have embarked on a documentary project of my own as a result of doing the course.
David Burke, The Tuam Herald

About the Tutor: Jill Beardsworth is an experienced film-maker and editor who has made documentaries for RTÉ, TG4 and the Irish Film Board in Belarus, Kosovo, Ireland, India and Syria. Jill has had her films officially selected for several international film festivals and her most recent feature, Apples of Golan, which she co-directed with Keith Walsh, won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Baghdad International Film Festival and was chosen to tour universities of the UK & the US in 2013. It is being released in the IFI in January 2015. Analogue People in the Digital Age, Jill & Keith’s recent short made under the IFB Reality Bites Scheme, is currently touring festivals and won a a Francie at Clones Film Festival in 2014.