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Producing Documentary Film

This two-evening workshop with case studies, explore producing in a CoVid/19 environment and takes participants through the various stages of producing documentary, from concept to development and financing thru production, post-production, delivery and marketing your project. Participants will discuss the proposal, the documentary treatment, ownership and rights, story capture work-plan, production & post production: budget, clearances, production surety insurance, the importance of transcription in the editing process, and the crucial relationship between producer and director. This lecture-based workshop also provides an overview of the financing landscape for factual programming, big or low budget, in today’s multi-platform environment and diminishing box office access.

Producing Documentary Workshop facilitator, Marva Ollivierre, asks that each participant email a note that speaks to the "Key Concern" they are hoping to have addressed by taking the workshop to by Friday, July 2 at 5pm. 

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Documentary Film Writing, The Art of the Interview, Documentary Film Editing and Directing Documentary Film workshops.​

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

part 1: Tue 16 November 2021, 6:30 - 9:30 pm   
part 2: Thu 18 November 2021, 6:30 - 9:30 pm   
(Registration deadline is Tue 16 November 5:30 pm)

Instructor: Marva Ollivierre

Marva Ollivierre is a Gemini nominated executive producer, a management accountant, mask maker and Floyd Chalmers awarded writer with over 25 of arts-culture industry experience—the last 16 in screen media. She is also the creator of the cross Canada lecture series Making Your Art Your Business and was executive producer and head of business affairs at Inner City Films. During her five-year tenure with Inner City Films, several productions received broad acclaim and continue in present day to deliver significant international sales earnings including US Broadcast revenues. They include: Skin Deep a Gemini Winning Best Lifestyle/Doc, one of the first internationally produced docu-lifestyle series; and Jozi-H, the Canada/South Africa co-production medical drama series, a multiple Gemini Nominee including Best Drama. In 2006, Marva started her own independent production house where the commissioned feature documentary Made In Canada was released 2013; the documentary I am not a Bully is in post production, and the feature Bannock & Bratwurst, penned by 2013 Canada Screen Award winning writer Shannon Masters, is prepping for production.

Category: Producing
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember