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Introduction to Documentary Production

Sydney Suissa was trained as journalist, he began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation working his way from production assistant to documentary producer to Executive Producer. In 2004 he moved to Washington DC to take on the position of Executive VP of Programming for National Geographic, a position he held until 2012.

He has launched numerous channels including History Television, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure, and most recently Zoomoo (a pre- school channel).

AN INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION was a one-day workshop designed for new filmmakers and others interested in entering television production. The workshop examined the editorial and creative skills needed to guide filmmakers through the arc of making a documentary.

The emphasis was on story structure, research and interviewing techniques, and the basic rules of television writing. There was also an overview of cinematography and editing and how best to work with and manage your production team.

The goal was to provide filmmakers with useful and practical information to strengthen their confidence as they make their way through this wonderful world of documentary production.


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