Developing Your Story


$75 DCTV Members // $125 Non-Members

You have a great idea for a documentary, and maybe even some great footage. But how does it fit together? Are you telling a clear or most impactful story? Discuss different ways of shaping documentary films, including three-act structure, theme, plot, and character arcs, and discuss specific films as case studies. You will then have up to 15 minutes each to discuss your own documentary stories in development or early production, and solicit feedback from your fellow workshop peers and instructor.

This is a Producing workshop.

Topics include:

  • Exposition
  • Theme
  • Plot and Character
  • Access to Characters and Story
  • Ways to Structure A Documentary
  • Your Point of View as a Director
  • Character and Conflict
  • Student Projects as Case Studies

Size: 10 students | Duration: 6 hrs

Materials: All you need to bring is yourself! This workshop will offer invaluable knowledge from a working professional in a discussion setting.

All DCTV Workshops have limited enrollment and require registration in advance. By registering you verify you have read and agree to our Workshop Policies.

If registration is closed, please call 212.966.4510 x646 to be added to the wait list.


Fall 2019
Thu 10/17 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Thu 10/24 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Andrea Ortega-Williams