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Documentary Storytelling

Documentary Storytelling

London College of Communication
Taught by
Chester Yang


This course will give you a thorough understanding of the craft of storytelling in documentaries. Storytelling is as much at the heart of good and engaging documentary and factual films as fiction films.Through discussion and exercises you will explore answers to questions in documentaries such as: How do you create a story when you don’t know what’s going to happen? How do you create a narrative around a theme? Do interview-based themes have a story?

Taught by an award-winning tutor, it is aimed specifically at you if you have some filmmaking experience and wish to develop your understanding of storytelling for all forms of factual filmmaking.

Topics Covered

  • Story structures
  • Story stages from prep to edit
  • Defining a story style
  • Scene-based storytelling
  • Theme-based storytelling
  • Visual storytelling
  • Characters and narrators
  • Research and access
  • Production and timescales

Course Outcomes
By the end of this course you should have:

  • A deeper understanding of story structure
  • Broader knowledge of storytelling in documentary and factual filming
  • Confidence and ability to tell a story in a variety of documentary and factual filmmaking styles

Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for you, if you are a media professional, student or film enthusiast. You may be a filmmaker, journalist, artist of web-designer.

Intermediate:You should have some basic filmmaking experience.

Follow Up Courses
This course can be taken along with Documentary Self Shooting: Introduction and Documentary Interview Techniques.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke video editing courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

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Tutor Description

Chester is an independent filmmaker based in London with over sixteen years experience in making documentaries, news and corporate videos for TV, web and VOD platforms.  Chester has shot on various DSLR cameras like the Cannon 5D and C100, Panasonic AF101 and Sony FS-700.

Having developed editing skills using Final Cut Pro (FCP) 7, FCP X and Premiere Pro, Chester has directed, produced and marketed his own films worldwide which has taken him to film festivals around the world. He is presently writing a feature film and is in postproduction on two documentaries. Chester has worked in Sierra Leone, across the UK and Europe. He has over six years experience in teaching filmmaking to secondary schools and colleges in London.

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