Documentary Courses

“SINCE BEING ON THE COURSE I’VE BECOME A MUCH MORE CONFIDENT AND WELL-ROUNDED FILMMAKER AND IT’S CHANGED THE WAY THAT I THINK ABOUT FILM IN TERMS OF CAPTURING MOVEMENT, PEOPLE AND LIFE.  IT HAS ALREADY HEAVILY INFLUENCED THE INVOLVEMENT I HAVE WITH MY UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY 6 WEEKS TO MOTHERS DAY.

LESLIE-ANNE FAIRESHIRE

PART-TIME DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING, 2014

Fancy yourself as the next Morgan Spurlock or Louis Theroux? Documentary filmmaking at Met Film School will equip you with both the knowledge and technical capabilities to create brilliant documentaries from conception to implementation.

Develop your knowledge and context of documentary filmmaking by exploring the history of the documentary genre. Progress your technical and operational skills as well as your research and proposal writing skills. Met Film’s industry experts will have you learning from the greats- like our guest tutor James Marsh who was behind award winning documentaries Man on Wire and Project Nim.

Alumni include David Bond, the award- winning documentary director, producer and writer who now runs his own award-winning production company, Green Lions. We are also proud to say that our documentaries have gone on to win various accolades including awards at the Barcelona Sports Film festival and Sheffield Doc Fest.

Met Film School provides an intensive training experience within Documentary, with a focus on equipping students with the skills needed to become a confident self-shooter and self-editor. All courses and documentary modules are taught by experienced documentary filmmakers and each course provides essential training in the use of professional cameras and industry standard editing software.

Students are given a background in the history of documentary and will review examples of successful documentaries to better understand the marketplace today. Students will research, write, produce and edit their own work with the guidance of an industry professional tutor. Ultimately we are hoping to launch the careers of the documentary filmmakers of tomorrow.

After studying on our courses students will:

  • Be able to proficiently operate a digital camera, record sound, light a scene and edit.
  • Know how to research a subject, write a proposal and create a treatment.
  • Be able to consider production issues such as scheduling, location management and legal requirements.
  • Understand the current context of documentary filmmaking by examining the history of the documentary genre, its different forms and the current market.

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MET FILM PRODUCTION

Met Film: At the cutting edge of Documentary Filmmaking

We are proud to work in conjunction with sister companies Met Film Production and Met Post, both based within the Met campus on the Ealing Studios lot.  Met Film Production is an award winning independent production company making high quality, relevant and ambitious fiction and documentary feature films for theatrical release.

Met Film Production premiered its latest feature documentary, How to Change the World, on opening night at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing. The film was released in the UK by Picturehouse in September 2015. The fiction team are in post-production on Jim Loach’s second feature, Chasing Satelites, a coming of age drama set in Australia starring Paz Vega, Edward James Olmos and Carmen Maura.

A record year, 2013 saw the release of Documentary Village at the End of the World which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.  It tells the extrordinary story of the youngest teenager in the village in Iceland. Met Film Production’s The Great Hip Hop Hoax also premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival to rave reviews.

Other films released by Met Film Production include Town of Runners, which won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award in 2012 and award-winning documentaries Donor Unknown and Men Who Swim. It also produced the BAFTA winning short film, September, by Esther May Campbell.

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Find out more about our courses in Documentary Filmmaking