For Factual TV and Film
The Doc Fix
Learn the definitive technique to analyse and fix failing stories in factual TV and Film, whatever the format, genre or subject matter
SEMINARS : COURSES : MENTORING
Story is complex, mysterious and endlessly fascinating - but also frustrating. There are so many hard-won elements in a TV programme - 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 have a story that is failing.
The reason is often due to problems at a much deeper 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 or presenter-led history programme, if you get these right your programmes will fly.
The tools provided here will give you the ability to quickly analyse and fix fundamental structural issues - from development to problems in the edit. With accuracy and speed you will be able to solve problems such as:
- What the story is struggle to 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?
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 story fixers. From story development to help in the edit Nigel has ‘fixed’ natural history documentaries with David Attenborough and high profile documentaries in the genres of history, science and the arts, for BBC2, BBC4, Channel 4, Netflix 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.
Exec. Producer : Meerkat Manor, Fatal Attractions, Pandas 3D IMAX
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
VP Production, Animal Planet
Jeremy Bradshaw - founder Tiger Aspect Productions
Executive Producer : Meerkats: Secrets of an Animal Superstar - with David Attenborough (BBC2), How to Win the Grand National (Ch 4) RTS Nomination
Peter Collins, former Head, Specialist Factual, STV
Executive Producer : “Lucy Worsley’s Fireworks for a Tudor Queen” BBC 4