Documentary Film Writing

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

Writing for documentary is a very different discipline than fiction, it has its own rules and conventions. In this workshop learn to conceive and write your own documentary project. Find out how to articulate and focus the central themes of your work, the basics of documentary research and how to identify characters and how they can illuminate your subject. Gain confidence in determining 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 should bring a short description of their documentary concept to class on the first day.


Steve Lucas has been writing and producing award-winning films and TV shows for 30 years. His documentary writing and storyediting 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. Steve’s drama writing credits include CBC’s The Border, Global’s Blue Murder, which he co-created and show ran, the CBC’s Major Crime and the independent feature film Diplomatic Immunity, both of which he wrote and co-produced. He currently serves on the CFC Features Selection Committee, teaches screenwriting at Centennial College and is developing a new crime drama series for Shaw and a new documentary series as well.