The 1 Year Programme
Each year, twelve 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 six 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.
Every year, twelve selected participants co-direct a 30 minute documentary with OTOXO Productions. Each film is a fully commissioned OTOXO Production, with our stamp on it, and is screened on Barcelona TV and is submitted to festivals worldwide. For these reasons alone we demand the highest quality of work from our participants and provide them with the highest quality of training to ensure it.
The production phase of the programme lasts six 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.
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
No matter how much someone studies at a typical film school or how many traditional internship or work experience hours they rack up in the industry, there comes a point where they must move on to become a independent, paid professional in their own right. This is the biggest hurdle of all for people wanting to succeed in film, and also the point where most fall. One of the main problems with traditional film schools and internships is that at exactly this crucial moment, their participation ends. At OTOXO we do things very differently.
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.
For the first six-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 9 hours, followed by 9 hours of production tasks (done in groups) and a 2 hour homework task (done individually).
For the final three months of the programme the focus of training and task shifts completely, as participants efforts switch to becoming established industry professionals in their own right.
Participants are given access to all the equipment they will require for the duration of the production and programme.
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.
The INto INdustry Programme has provided the launch pad for so many successful careers in the film industry and the media. For example, in just the last 12 months, our programme graduates have moved on to paid production jobs in organisations such as Channel 4, Willis Sweete Productions, PressTV, Budapest Productions, In Focus Productions, Babieka Films, Fifty Fifty Post, Whicker’s World Foundation, Sheffield Doc/Fest and of course, the BBC. To find out more about how and why the programme provides such ideal preparation for people who want to work for the likes of the BBC there’s lots more information here.
The full price of the programme is €4995.
With the INto INdustry Programme there are various ways to recoup some or even all of your fees.
The Application Process
Places are limited. But you absolutely do not need experience or previous studies in film to apply. What you do need is creativity, imagination, dedication, focus, determination and a passion for documentary. If you think you have that, then you can start the process immediately by filling in the application form here.
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
We are now accepting applications for our upcoming programmes which will start in November 2020 (final places) and January.
If you have any questions or are looking for any more information, please contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org.