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 conversation about how to apply these techniques, with examples from series such as F1: Drive to Survive, Natural History and many other styles and genres of TV programmes..




Is It Right For Me?

Firstly, I've worked on films and documentaries with companies and producers that have won Academy Awards, BAFTAs, Emmys and the rest. And I've taught first-timers the exact same methods I've used on those projects.

This is a process you can rely on. It's what I use, and all it takes is following essential steps while you develop your idea. It means you 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 the 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).

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 storytelling 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.