The 1 Year Programme
Each year, fifteen individuals are given the opportunity to co-direct a 30 minute documentary with OTOXO Productions to be screened on BTV. Simultaneously, participants are provided with an intensive nine month training course covering all elements of documentary studies and production. Following this the participants are given three months training focused on becoming film industry professionals, whilst at the same time they follow these steps and become film industry professionals in their own right.
The production phase of the programme lasts nine months and participants experience every phase of the process. Under our guidance they are responsible for researching, writing, shooting, editing, producing and promoting the film. The tutorials that the participants receive during the course correspond directly to the phase of production that they are about to undertake. Participants are trained in a certain skill then immediately put that new skill into practice on the film’s production.
Participants receive 12 hours of weekly tutorials, and follow these with a minimum of 8 hours of production tasks every week. For those looking to make even more of the experience there are always extra tasks available each week as well. We know that many participants have jobs and other commitments and can’t always work more than the set hours, so we don’t make the extra tasks compulsory, but we always want to make extra opportunities available to those who can.
The subject matter of these documentaries varies from one production to the next but as you will see from our work, we focus on social issues, uncovering the inspiring personal stories that highlight broader themes. For information about the upcoming OTOXO/INto INdustry productions, click here.
Our 50/50 partnership
Our partnership with our participants continues beyond the creation of the film. Should that film which we create together (or any revised cut of the film, based on the same characters and concept) generate any money, for example from a sale to a platform, channel, distributor, or our own V.O.D platform, then the profits from that sale will be split 50/50 between OTOXO Productions and all programme participants.
Become a Film Industry Professional under OTOXO’s Guidance
Once our participants have all they need to become professionals – training, experience, a co-director credit, a CV that includes production work for TV, we then help them use these tools to complete the final phase of their professional development. Again, through a balanced combination of training and real tasks, we guide our participants through the process of; hosting public screenings and events, building industry contacts, entering festivals, creating a successful online presence, setting up an independent production company, creating a showreel, crowdfunding a short and most crucially, simply getting paid for production work.
And most importantly of all, at every turn, we don’t just tell participants how they should do it, we’re there with them, ensuring that they do do it.
For the first nine months, participants are given exhaustive training in every aspect of the documentary making process, including:
- Research techniques: Finding a film, finding the right film.
- Working with characters: Identifying, understanding, and interacting.
- Writing the film: Why, when and how.
- Interview techniques. Preparation, process and reflection.
- Set up and control of a documentary DSLR.
- Set up and control of Canon C100Mkii
- Elements of composition and application in fixed shots.
- Camera Movement: How to move. When to move.
- Directing the camera: Decision making for live storytelling.
- The fundamentals of editing video and audio.
- Editing a scene: Technique, structure and emotional impact.
- Utilising music, filters and effects.
- Editing the final cut.
At each stage they follow their training with a corresponding production task. There are weekly tutorials of 12 hours, followed by 8 hours of production tasks (done in groups) and a 2 hour homework task (done individually).
For the final three months, the focus of the programme shifts completely. After finishing part 1, participants will have all the creative and technical skills they need, so from this point on, the training is dedicated to professional development, as participants become established industry professionals in their own right.
Just like during production, this is achieved through a combination of tutorials and practical tasks, all while under the guidance of the OTOXO team. These steps include –
- Directing and distributing an individual short documentary
- Setting up a small, independent production company.
- Finding and carrying out paid production work.
- Developing a funding strategy for documentaries.
- Creating a showreel.
- Hosting public screenings and events.
- Building industry contacts.
- Working for others.
- Creating a successful online presence.
So, by the end of the programme, participants already have experience and track record working within the industry, and all the training they require to continue doing so. In addition, they will also have a co-director credit for a TV production on their CV and written reference from OTOXO Productions, detailing their activities and responsibilities as co-director in the production.
All tutorials and production tasks are run in English, The OTOXO Productions tutors are both fluent Spanish speakers but also native English speakers. Candidates must be fluent in English to participate. Spanish is not required.
The equipment we use on the programme is selected specifically to strike a balance between quality – to produce films that maintain and push the standards set by OTOXO and our broadcast partners, and affordability – so that our participants learn how to use, and maximise the potential of, equipment that is an affordable price to them, as they move on to produce their own professional productions.
- Canon C100 MarkII Cameras
- Sony A7iii Cameras
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lenses
- Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lenses
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lenses
- Audio Limited A10 TX Wireless System
- DJI RS RONIN Gimbal
- Sanken Cos11D- PT negro conector Lemo 3
- Rode NGT-3 microphones
- Sennheiser ew 100 G3 wireless microphones
- Zoom H4n Pro Sound recorder
- Canon EOS 60D DSLR Cameras
- Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lenses
- Rode NGT-1 microphones
- Apple Macbook Pro with Final Cut Pro
- Zoom H1 Sound recorder
A computer is not essential. However having your own laptop would be very useful. All editing will be done using Final Cut, so if you are thinking of investing in a new laptop, we would recommend a MacBook. For those without Macs, OTOXO will provide access to one when necessary.
The full price of the programme starting in September 2024 for applications received after 01.10.23 is €8995.
There are various external funding options available to students undertaking the programme, some specific to their home regions, some available across Europe, others International. OTOXO always encourage students to search for funding options available, and are happy to offer guidance on any funding applications they undertake, to try to give them the best chance of success.
Schedule of payments
After the selection process, selected candidates pay a deposit of 800 euros (non-refundable) to confirm their place in the production. In terms of the remaining balance, there are a number of ways for participants to pay. If necessary, in most cases payments can be made in instalments in the build up to and/or during the programme. The OTOXO directors will make every effort to find a payment plan that works for each individual participant.
The Application Process
After reviewing the application forms, we select a list of candidates who are invited to a face to face interview (or, if you are applying from abroad, an online interview). This way we can fully assess the potential of every candidate and make our final selection.
Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.
The dates of our next programme
The team for the 2023 programme is now complete.
We are now accepting applications for our next programme starting in September 2024