We're super excited to bring you some brand new videos by award winning documentary filmmaker, Saeed Taji Faourky. It's all part of our documentary series this February.

Saeed is a multi award winning documentary filmmaker, who has been making documentaries for over a decade. His film 'Tell Spring Not To Come' was awarded the Amnesty International Human Rights award and the Audience Award for best documentary at Berlinale 2015.  In this exclusive series of interviews, Saeed discusses his approach to developing ideas, raising fiance, filming in war zones, the ethics of documentary filmmaking and a whole lot more!

You can watch Part One of development here:

Saeed Taji Farouky - Developing story for documentary - Part 1
In the first of a series of videos by award winning documentary filmmaker Saeed Taji Farouky, he discusses his approach to developing ideas.

And paying subscribers can watch Part Two here:

Saeed Taji Farouky - Developing story in documentary - Part 2
In this video, Saeed talks about his approach to crafting story and character arcs in his documentaries.

Raising finance for observational or experimental documentaries can be a drawn out process. In these videos on fiancing documentaries, Saeed offers some advice on raising money from unusual sources:

Saeed Taji Farouky: Documentary Masterclass - Funding Part 1
In this video, Saeed gives us an overview of the funding landscape for documentaries.

Paying subscribers can watch Part Two here:

Saeed Taji Farouky - Documentary Masterclass - Funding Part 2
In this video, Saeed talks about making a film you’re passionate about and finding alternative sources of finance to support your film.

In the final video this week, Saeed talks about his approach to editing documentary.

Saeed Taji Farouky - Editing Documentary
As part of the documentary masterclass, Saeed discusses his approach to editing documentary.

Remember! If you're a paying subscriber you are eligible to win exclusive prizes through Above The Line! This month we're giving away a Zoom F1-SP recroder - perfect for documentary filmmakers who want to capture high quality audio in the field. Our monthly subscription costs just £12 and you get access to all the content on Above The Line.

In case you missed it...

Earlier in February we published our exclusive interview with Faye Carr-Wilson about her award winning short documentary Venus. You can still catch it here:

Case Study: Venus by Faye Carr-Wilson
In this article we bring you an exclusive interview with Faye Carr Wilson, a documentary filmmaker from Newcastle upon Tyne.

And we released the first ATL podcast which you can listen to here:

Welcome to the ATL Podcast
This month we’re launching our brand new podcast. Hosted by Simon Ramshaw, episodes will include film and festival reviews, filmmaker interviews and updates from the ATL team.

And if you still need more content to keep you occupied through the cold weather and lockdown, our very own Kevin Power reviewed "Relic" by Natalie Erika James for you to read here:

Natalie Erika James’ ’RELIC’
Relic by Natalie Erika James was one of our favourite horror films of 2020. Kevin Power writes about this intense psychological horror and James’ previous short films that laid the ground work for her debut feature film.

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