Documentary Film Writing

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday, October 28, 2013 - 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, 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 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 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, the 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 teaches screenwriting at Centennial College and is currently developing a couple of new documentary series as well.