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Online Course: Proposal Writing For TV Producers and Independent Documentary Filmmakers

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Whether you are working for a global ‘super-indie’ production company or are an independent filmmaker with a passion project there are some simple proposal writing principles that will increase your chances of attracting channel executives and investors. These principles are the same wherever you are in the world, and whichever TV commissioner, funder or buyer you are pitching to.

This course will show you, step-by-step, how to craft a compelling written proposal that will catch the eye of executive producers, commissioning editors and other funding bodies.

According to TV executives and other buyers of documentaries, producers and filmmakers consistently make elementary mistakes when pitching their ideas – find out how to avoid them. The key steps are simple to follow and implement – once you know what they are.

Once you understand – and have practiced – the key principles you will be able to adapt and apply them to any kind of proposal you need to write.

You’ll learn the:

  • Three-Ps of the pitch and where the written proposal fits in
  • Purpose of the written proposal
  • Difference between a proposal and a treatment
  • Essential elements of a successful proposal structure that works for different types of TV show/documentaries
  • Key mistakes that producers make when pitching – and how to avoid them

The course is stuffed with practical tips, resource lists, sample proposals and exercises designed to boost your skills and help you write your own commission-winning proposals.

“The class was exceptional in terms of taking you through the proposal writing process step by step. Interaction with Nicola is priceless. She was very supportive and provided honest and helpful feedback every step of the way. I am proud of the outcome and feel prepared to pitch. Thank you!” – Carol, Denver

As part of the class you will receive a detailed hypothetical project brief and you can choose to write a proposal for one (or all) of the following:

  • An issue-driven documentary
  • A character-driven reality/observational documentary series
  • A landmark specialist factual (art, history, science,religion, natural history) series
  • A lifestyle / competition format.

This course is available immediately on enrollment, can be taken at your own pace, wherever you are, and the course materials are available to you indefinitely.

Tutor: Nicola Lees

Cost: $30

To Book: Click here for more details or cut and paste this link into your browser -  http://skl.sh/185jTLD

I am really glad I went to Nicola Lees last year when I was writing a one page proposal to submit to the World Congress of Science and Factual Film Producers.  After having done over a year of research and having got excellent access I was having trouble streamlining my content into a compelling and snappy proposal. Nicola’s tips and input really helped shape it and it was shortlisted to be pitched to the Senior Science Editors at the US broadcaster PBS NOVA and the German broadcaster ZDF /3sat, which I was targeting. The pitches went really well and both broadcasters asked for a more detailed proposal. I can honestly say my session with Nicola was really useful in helping me sharpen the angle of the story and in prioritizing the content for both the initial proposal and pitch.” – Amelia Vale, TV Producer, London

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