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The Filmmaker's Development Toolkit: The Idea, The Proposal, The Pitch and The Taster Tape

About the course

Filmmakers often have great ideas, but lack the necessary skills and resources to know what to do with them. This one-day course helps you identify what makes a good idea, and gives you the main tools to get a project off the ground, namely:

  • A well-written proposal
  • A great, confident and compelling pitch
  • A much needed taster tape
  • Tips for working with production companies
  • An overview of various funding opportunities

Using examples of commissioned proposals and taster tapes, and with an overview of funding and commissioning objectives, it’s an essential one-day intensive for moving ahead with your own project.

Location: The Documentary Filmmakers Group, 4th Floor, Shacklewell Studios, 28 Shacklewell Lane

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Date: 8th February 2013

Time: 10am to 6pm

Cost: £70 (inc VAT) for DFG Members, £90 (inc VAT) for non-members

The course includes:

What makes a good idea? What’s the difference between having just a great idea, and one that actually stands a chance of reaching an audience?

How does one write a proposal that captures the idea in a simple and effective way? From the title to the structure of the proposal, what are the main elements involved, and what are the top tips for writing one that will get you that all-important foot through the door?

These days, any idea needs to have some kind of visual ‘proof of concept’, often called a “Teaser” or “Taster Tape”. But what should this look like and how much effort really needs to be put into it? How long should it be, what should it cover, and how should it be presented? In this course, such questions will be answered along with a demonstration of some successful (and less successful) teasers. 

With a decent proposal and a great taster, who do you then approach, and how do you approach them? This part of the day focuses not only on the various types of funding out there (TV, feature doc funding, and other sources of money) but also on the necessary partnerships to form, including a look at working with Production Companies and Executive Producers or going solo. 

Finally the course will touch on the pitch – how to do it, how not to do it, where and when, and how to develop your own pitching style.

Please note there are funding opportunities available for this course through Skillset. To find out more and to check if you are eligible click here.  


Course details:


The Documentary Filmmakers Group, 4th Floor, Shacklewell Studios, 28 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EZ


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Who teaches this course?

Andy Glynne - Andy Glynne is a double-BAFTA winning director, producer and author. He is currently Managing Director of Mosaic Films, and is the Founding CEO of the Documentary Filmmakers Group. He is the former CEO of One World Media, the UK’s charity to support the coverage of the developing world in UK Media. He has directed and produced over 50 films for broadcasters both in the UK and overseas, earning many awards, including most recently a BAFTA in 2010, a further BAFTA in 2012 and a BAFTA nomination in 2013. He has been instrumental in creating specific strands for new filmmakers for UK Television as well as creating projects for new and emerging filmmakers in India, Africa, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Poland. He is author of the book Documentaries and How To Make Them – a core resource for all aspiring documentary filmmakers, now on its 2nd Edition. He is on the Board of Directors for the European Documentary Network, and acts as a consultant and tutor for organisations both in the UK and around the world.