Documentary film course
Documentary course

Filmmaking Course – Storytelling for documentary making

8 Tuesdays, starting Sep 24th until Nov 12nd. The classes are 3 hours long, from 7pm to 10pm.
ELEVADOR - C/Llull, 267 – Barcelona
Basic – Intermediate
Who is this course for?
This course has no pre-requisites, but it’s ideal for journalists, filmmakers and anyone who wants to be successful planning and writing the script for a documentary project.

Class structure

  • Introduction and first ideas
  • Developing ideas
  • Documentary structure
  • Research
  • Writing a film plan
  • On necessity and theme
  • Interview and pitching
  • Feedback and conclusions

Course contents

Reality can offer some of the most wonderful characters and stories. Yet experience shows that its hard to capture them fully if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. For this reason a documentary film plan can be invaluable. But what is it exactly, and how do you write it?

In this course, filmmaker and screenwriter Jonathan Herzberg will take you from your very first idea to a first version of a documentary film plan. We will discuss the creative process, explain how to explore an idea to find its full potential, how to do research, and how to translate the results of your research into an approach for filming.

By sharing his knowledge, watching relevant material together and discussing student work, Jonathan will gradually introduce you to his core vision: The secret to write a good documentary does not lie in a specific type of structure or model, but in understanding the sources of the story within yourself.

The course will require the student to do some work at home. The course will be fully imparted in English.

About the teacher

Jonathan Herzberg is a writer, director, teacher and script doctor. Before he studied directing at the Dutch Film and Television Academy (graduating in 2011), he studied philosophy and took courses in diverse fields as economics, political science, film studies and literature. In his first year in filmschool he co-wrote and directed the feature length roadmovie ‘The Road to Cadiz’. The film premiered at the Dutch Film Festival, was selected for CPH:PIX in Kopenhagen, and was released in more than ten Dutch cinemas. After graduating from film school in 2011, Jonathan has made a number of short films, and has worked as a creative, copywriter and director in advertising.

At the moment he is developing several longer projects while teaching storytelling for fiction & documentary and directing actors, at the Amsterdam Film School and working as a script doctor.


This course has a total price of 360€ for the 8 classes. Register now and get an early bird price of 295€


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