Dartmoor Arts Summer School documentary course: ‘where fiction ends and documentary begins’

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There’s a documentary filmmaking course at the Dartmoor Arts Summer School from Sunday, July 25 to Friday, July 30, with the emphasis on ‘where fiction ends and documentary begins’.

The five-day course is led by filmmakers Anson Hartford, Hugh Hartford, Chris Jones and Nathaniel Lane. And covers aesthetic, artistic and technical gubbins of getting a documentary made – as well as all the pointy-end stuff of going out and filmming an event for a docmentary that will be screened to all the other students at the end of the summer school.

The Dartmoor Summer School, based in the otherwise sleepy, but artistically bustling Dartmoor Village of Drewsteignton looks to provide ‘outstanding tuition from tutors who are currently active in their particular field’, so here’s some blub out the filmmaking tutors on the documentary course.

Anson, Hugh and Chris are the founders of Banyak Films. They make documentaries that have been distributed internationally. Their work includes a BBC 4 Arts Documentary about James Ravilious, as part of the BBC’s Genius of Photography season; and Us Now, which was first aired on Channel 4’s international feature documentary slot True Stories and has been shown in cinemas in over 15 countries. Plus they’re responsible for loads of other documentaries, short films, music videos, commercials and feature films.

Nathaniel has written, produced, directed, photographed and edited his own fiction and documentary films on super 8 and 16mm, which have been screened internationally and won Prizes in Russia and Europe, as well as being as a freelance writer and directed documentaries and 35mm commercials for television in the Far East.

And if you’re thinking that all sounds a bit expensive, check out the bursaries that are on offer for the Dartmoor Arts Summer School