During the 10 week Course Directing Documentary you will get acquainted with the most important aspects of filmmaking in three steps. Did you always want to make your own documentary, but you’re not sure where to start? Do you have no experience and do you want to start with the basics? Then this Introduction Course is the perfect way to make your first baby step!

During the course we offer you all the tools and knowledge to make your development a success. You will learn the basics of developing ideas to a design of a film plan and from basic camera techniques till directing a documentary.

In 10 weeks you will know the basics of all aspects of creating a documentary and you can continue with our main course: Course Directing Documentary. Even if you don’t want to start the main course, this course is more than suitable to develop yourself as a beginning documentary maker. 


What are the characteristics of a professional documentary and how do you take the first steps before you start filming? During the Storytelling-lessons you will learn everything about the background and the context of the documentary-idea. You will discover countless of possibilities of the genre. In addition, you will also be introduced to the basic techniques of writing the set-up of a simple filmplan.


The Cinematography-lessons focus on learning the basic techniques of cameras and how to apply this into practice. You firstly get to know our cameras (Canon XF100) and how to use them the right way. This gives you insight into the methods to bring recordings to a better result. Next to this, you get an introduction of various forms, which are given in the main course. During these lessons you will become acquainted with the terminology and the world of a director of Documentary. 


Now that you have learned the basics of storytelling and camera, you will apply this in your role as a Director. These classes are, unlike the first eight lessons, not on Monday evening but on Sunday during the day. We combine the four evening classes into two intensive lessons of six hours to apply the already learned material in practice. You will also be introduced to interview techniques, set disciplines and directing for documentary.


In the final phase of the course you will take the first steps to directing in a safe environment. You learn and practice with the different interview techniques. In addition, we also deal with the obstacles that you may encounter during filming.  You apply the acquired knowledge by recording which you direct yourself. These last four lessons of the introduction course are practice-oriented and are combined in two lessons of six hours each, leaving plenty of room for exercises.

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EUR 1200,-

(Monthly payment possible)


10 weeks

8 Mondays: 19:00 till 22:00 pm

2 Sundays: 10:30 am till 17:00 pm


EU students: no visa required

Non EU students: tourist visa required


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Amsterdam Film School
Panamalaan 5G
1019 AS Amsterdam