The Doc Fix

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the questions you might have about the methodology, how it works and whether it's a good fit for you. Please ask if you'd like to know more.

In December I was interviewed for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. I went through some of the ideas behind The Doc Fix, and how they were used in a David Attenborough documentary, and the Netflix series Formula 1: Drive to Survive. If you want to join us and see how this approach can work for you, please go here to get a case study that outlines our methods.

All the best - Nigel

Is It Right For Me?

One of the most common questions I am asked is if there is a checklist approach to making a story work - and of course there isn’t. But at the same time you should never have to feel unmoored, waiting for instinct to strike and having to go on hunches to get you where you want to be with your film.

The principles behind this method are in one way straightforward, and they apply to all stories. All stories in whatever medium are based around a problem and a search for a solution. Once you understand, and are interested, in the fundamental structural approach to story then you can very quickly take those concepts and apply them to any type of factual programme that exists (or might do in future).

The methods are also, at first, quite technical and analytical. But with practice they will allow you the freedom to be as instinctive, creative and free-thinking as you like, with the knowledge that the ideas that you come up with will have a place in a solid, meaningful story. And it’s always worth mentioning how fast this story telling knowledge can be applied. If your job is to look at cuts regularly and give feedback, then this approach can save you hours in a day, and months in the edit.

Because it suits some people better than others, it's worth scheduling a quick phone call where I can talk through what's involved.