Documentary Film Writing

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
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Writing for documentary can be a very different discipline from fiction, with its own particular rules and conventions. In this workshop learn to conceive, research and write your own documentary project. Find out how to articulate and focus the central themes of your work, how to identify characters and how to illuminate your subject. Gain the confidence needed to determine when to use narration to spell things out and when not to, what should be written before you start shooting and what comes after. Participants will come away with an enhanced tool kit for turning an idea into an accessible, compelling and stylish documentary film.

Participants must bring a short description of their documentary concept to the first day of class. This course is recommended as a companion to the Producing Documentary Film, The Art of the Interview and Directing Documentary Film workshops.



Steve Lucas has been writing, producing, show-running and story-editing award-winning films and TV shows for more than 30 years. He recently co-wrote (with actor Peter Keleghan) Once An Immigrant, a one-hour documentary for Markham Street Films. The show will be telecast in January, 2017, as part of CBC’s new point of view documentary series, Firsthand. Steve's other documentary writing and story-editing credits include the Genie Award-winning The Champagne Safari, the Gemini Award-winning Last Call at The Gladstone Hotel and the Academy Award-nominated After the Axe, which he also co-produced. His drama writing credits include CBC’s The Border, Global’s Blue Murder, which he co-created and show ran, CBC’s Major Crime and the independent feature film Diplomatic Immunity, both of which he wrote and co-produced. A University of Toronto graduate, Steve helped launch and now coordinates the Advanced Television and Film Script to Screen program, a post-graduate, graduate certificate film and tv drama program, at Toronto’s Centennial College. He is currently at work on a number of new projects.