STORY • STRUCTURE • MEANING
The Doc Fix
Master the essential steps to quickly analyse and perfect stories in Factual TV and Film, whatever the format, genre or subject matter
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Story is complex, mysterious and endlessly fascinating - but also frustrating. There are so many hard-won elements in a factual TV programme or film - a hook or unique take on the material, special access, amazing characters, cinematography, music and sound design.
But even with all that effort, it can be painful to find you have a story that is failing.
The reason you are struggling is often due to problems at a deep level of structure. Like a building with weak foundations, a programme without a solid structure is always close to collapse. Whether a fly-on-the-wall observational documentary, presenter-led history programme, on-line short or arthouse feature documentary, if you get these right, your programmes will fly.
With accuracy and speed, you will be able to understand and answer problems such as:
- What the story is struggling to say, and how to focus the theme and meaning.
- Why does the story run out of steam?
- Why do we have to remake the opening over and over again?
- How can we produce a satisfying ending?
- Why does it seem like a list and not a story?
- How can we make this story work at feature length - and what exactly is missing?
- What does it mean when the chronology of events doesn’t seem to match the story you are trying to tell?
- Why does this just feel wrong?
Whether in the edit or on paper, mastering these challenges is the key to producing a successful TV programme - in every genre.
Are you struggling to turn your idea into a perfectly structured documentary?
Before you apply let us send you a complimentary case study where we'll show you the story secrets that turned documentaries for Netflix, Discovery Channel, the BBC, along with numerous feature documentaries, into global TV hits
Nigel is an award winning writer and director who has worked both in Hollywood - directing stars such as Sharon Stone, Mia Sorvino and Christina Ricci - while also creating and producing hugely successful Specialist Factual series for US TV and Emmy nominated drama-documentary.
Most recently his skills have turned him into one of the most in-demand factual story doctors and consultants, working with Oscar and BAFTA award-winning production companies. From story development to help in the edit Nigel has worked on high profile documentaries in the genres of history, science, natural history and the arts, for BBC2, BBC4, Channel 4, Netflix (on the global hit F1: Drive to Survive) and multiple global broadcasters.
He has taken programmes from un-broadcastable to becoming RTS nominated, multiple award-winning, and critic’s choice in national newspapers in a matter of weeks.
Click the link to receive your complimentary case study.
Exec. Producer : Meerkat Manor, Fatal Attractions, Pandas 3D IMAX
VP Production, Animal Planet
Editor ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’, ‘Monsters’
Award-winning playwright and screenwriter ; “The Force of Change”, “As The Beast Sleeps”, “Trust”
National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, The Donmar Theatre, The Abbey
Jeremy Bradshaw - founder Tigress Productions
Executive Producer : Meerkats: Secrets of an Animal Superstar - with David Attenborough (BBC2), How to Win the Grand National (Ch 4), Chairman of Wildscreen Award Jury
Peter Collins, former Head, Specialist Factual, STV
Executive Producer : “Lucy Worsley’s Fireworks for a Tudor Queen” BBC 4