Documentary Screenwriting | In person

Documentary Screenwriting | In person






Documentary Screenwriting | In person

Workshop - Documentary Cinema - Fall 2021

Tuesday December 7, 2021 - Wednesday December 8, 2021
6 pm - 9 pm

Tuesday December 7th from 6 p.m to 9 p.m & Wednesday December 8th from 6 p.m to 8.30 p.m | Two-part workshop

Instructor | Jean-François Lesage, screenwriter and director (Prayer for a Lost Mitten, The Hidden River)

Member $75 | Non-member $125

This six-hour workshop (two 3-hour blocks) will cover documentary screenwriting: the starting hypothesis, the choice of a shooting approach, the intuition of an atmosphere, the characters descriptions, the anticipation of a few key scenes, and the elaboration of a visual and sound treatment. You will be accompanied by Jean-François Lesage who will present examples from his own practice and those of other filmmakers who are exploring new forms of documentary screenwriting. Following this workshop, you will be able to better structure your ideas, define your intentions and successfully convey them while developing your narrative style. The workshop is based on group discussions, excerpt screenings and project analysis.

It is recommended to send a short synopsis 7 days before the workshop to
Participants will be asked to make a short presentation of their documentary project during the second block.
Workshop is given in French but questions may be asked in English.
* The workshop will be held online or in person. Participants will be notified one month prior to the workshop date.

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Jean-François Lesage
After studying law, Jean-François Lesage began his career as a journalist for Radio-Canada television in Alberta and British Columbia. At the end of the 90s, everything changed: shaken by the discovery of Chinese cinema, he flew to Beijing. He lived there for six years and made his first creative documentary, Sweet Nights Sour Nights (2004), then with his brother Philippe Lesage, How Can You Tell if the Little Fish are Happy? (2009). Back in Montreal, he directed A Mile End Tale (2013), closing film for Visions du Réel 2014, thenA Summer Love (2015), winner of the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the RIDM. This was followed by The Hidden River (2017), Special Jury Prize Canadian feature at the RIDM, and his sixth film, Prayer for a Lost Mitten (2020), Best Canadian Feature Film Award at Hot Docs.


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514 845 7442 (VISA / Paypal on request)

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Monday - Thursday 10am-5pm (Interac - VISA - Cash)

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