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The Industry Workshops’ Strategies For Conceiving, Pitching, Making & Selling A Documentary

The Industry Workshops’ Strategies For Conceiving, Pitching, Making & Selling A Documentary

The Industry Workshops is a Los Angeles based company that “offers practical, application oriented workshops that teach the skills needed to work in the entertainment industry”. Tomorrow they will be holding a class on the ins and outs of documentary filmmaking, and you don’t even have to be in the LA area to reap the benefits.

Held at the CBS Radford Studio lot, The Industry Workshops’ events are pretty stellar. Having attended several ourselves, we can say that they bring speakers that really know their stuff, and we’ve always walked away habing learned something new. For this class they’re bringing filmmaker John Scheinfeld. A documentary veteran, Scheinfeld has produced covered topics ranging from pop culture to politics, sports to world religions. A Venice and Toronto film festivals to PBS, Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee John Scheinfeld is a critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker with a broad range of subjects and productions to his credit.

Some of the topics that will be covered in the class include:

  • When is an idea just an idea or the foundation for a compelling documentary
  • What is a sizzle reel and can it really be helpful
  • The value of a good treatment
  • The Knee Pad Tour or How to Raise Funds and Retain Some Semblance of Personal Dignity
  • The creative process from brain to big screen, including style, story structure (and the need for a road map), how to secure great interviews (just because you have a great subject doesn’t mean you’ll get a terrific interview)
  • Collaboration or How the Auteur Theory is Great if you’re Spielberg, but for the Rest of Us…
  • The Importance of attention to detail
  • How to be your own worst critic
  • What Do You Mean the Finished Picture Has to be Delivered Next Tuesday?
  • Navigating the jungle that is distribution

The class starts at 9am Saturday, October 17th at the CBS Radford studios. The cost is just $35, and you can sign up at

If, however, you are not in the L.A. area, you can also download the video version of the class for the same cost. You simply sign up at the link above and select ‘Online Video’ instead. The video will be emailed to you the following day, Sunday October 18th.

For more information, you can check out the information below, as well as visit www.TheIndustryWorkshops.com

THE INDUSTRY WORKSHOPS
presents
HOW TO:
DOCUMENTARY

STRATEGIES FOR
CONCEIVING, PITCHING, MAKING, AND SELLING A DOCUMENTARY

with
EMMY, WGA, PBS, AND GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATED DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
JOHN SCHEINFELD


SATURDAY, October 17th, 2015
9am – 12 noon
at
CBS Radford Studios
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604


Who should attend:
Writers, producers, directors, filmmakers, actors, editors, creative types, or ANYONE who wants to know what it takes to make a documentary film!

Documentaries are more popular than ever.  Whether on big screens or small, for those with short attention spans or those who crave immersion, a documentary can provide a heightened viewing experience that presents stories in an entirely fresh and unique way.

A great documentary can inform, inspire, influence and entertain.  And unlike other non-fiction programming in the digital age, a great documentary need not celebrate the worst qualities of human beings, but rather can be every bit as smart, gripping, powerful and passionate as the best feature films.

We’ll cover topics such as:

*  When is an idea “just an idea” – or the foundation for a compelling documentary
*  What is a sizzle reel, and can it really be helpful?
*  The value of a good treatment
*  The Knee Pad Tour or How to Raise Funds and Retain Some Semblance of Personal Dignity
*  The creative process from brain to big screen, including style, story structure (and the need for a road map), how to secure great interviews (just because you have a great subject doesn’t mean you’ll get a terrific interview)
*  Collaboration or How the Auteur Theory is Great if you’re Spielberg, but for the Rest of Us…
*  The Importance of attention to detail
*  How to be your own worst critic
*  What Do You Mean the Finished Picture Has to be Delivered Next Tuesday?
*  Navigating the jungle that is distribution

Expect to get your questions answered.  While there will be some lecture, a large portion of the workshop will be devoted to Q&A and to hearing and critiquing your documentary ideas.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

1)  Have more insight towards what it takes to initiate, make, and get a documentary seen.
2)  Be able to understand the best way to finance your documentary.
3)  Be able to review some distribution options for your documentary.

PLUS – this will be a great networking event to meet other industry professionals!

REGISTER NOW: www.theindustryworkshops.com/359

Requirements: Bring something to take notes.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

John Scheinfeld is a documentary veteran.  From pop culture to politics, sports to world religions, Venice and Toronto film festivals to PBS, Emmy®, Grammy® and Writers Guild Award nominee John Scheinfeld is a critically-acclaimeddocumentary filmmaker with a broad range of subjects and productions to his credit.

Scheinfeld is currently in production on the first authorized feature documentary about jazz legend John Coltrane.
Most recently, he directed, wrote and produced two high-profile documentaries for PBS: Dick Cavett’s Watergate andDick Cavett’s Vietnam, intensely personal, intimate and entertaining explorations of critical events that helped shape American history in the 20th Century, each framed by guest interviews from the period and commentary by legendary talk show host Dick Cavett.

Scheinfeld is best known for two widely acclaimed feature documentaries: The U.S. vs. John Lennon, which tells the true story of the US government’s attempt to silence the beloved musician and iconic advocate for peace, and Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?, a compelling yet wildly entertaining documentaryabout one of the most talented and uncompromising singer-songwriters in pop music history.

The U.S. vs. John Lennon was an official selection of the Venice, Telluride, London, and Toronto International film festivals and was released worldwide by Lionsgate.  Born out of his love for the music of the Beatles and a keen interest in freedom of speech and personal courage in the face of significant obstacles, Scheinfeld earned the trust of Yoko Ono and was given access to her extraordinary archive.

For Who Is Harry Nilsson…? , Scheinfeld was nominated for the prestigious Writers Guild Award and USA Todaynamed him one of the Top 100 People of 2010 in their pop culture poll.  Lauded as “close to genius” by novelist Stephen King, the film was a true passion project for Scheinfeld, and he skillfully balanced the tantalizing, dramatic, tragic, and hilarious aspects of Nilsson’s life with the many challenges involved in clearing more than 60 Nilsson songs for inclusion in the film.

That same year saw the release of We Believe, an exuberant celebration of hope, loyalty, faith and the extraordinary love affair between a great city, Chicago, and its baseball team, the Cubs.  Scheinfeld established a close working relationship with Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Chicago Cubs throughout production.

On the heels of a Grammy® nomination for producing Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE, Scheinfeld wrote, produced and directed Electric Youth: Teen Stars in the Music Business, a 2-hour special for A&Efor which he received an Emmy® nomination as writer.

Previously, he directed, wrote and produced No Fighting in the War Room… or… Dr. Strangelove and The Nuclear Threat as well as critically-acclaimed documentaries for National Geographic, Tomb of Jesus, and In The Name of Heaven.

During his career Scheinfeld has written, produced and/or directed numerous documentaries about show business legends such as the Bee Gees, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Bing Crosby, Norman Lear, Dean Martin, the Marx Brothers,Ricky Nelson, Peter Sellers, Frank Sinatra, and Jonathan Winters.

REGISTER NOW: www.theindustryworkshops.com/359

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