Course Tutor, Story for Documentary and Factual Content
Ben Southwell has been a Series Producer and Director of prime time factual programmes for almost thirty years. He enjoys working on a wide variety of genres including many outdoor survival/bushcraft series with Ray Mears, Who Do You Think You Are? (Ruth Jones and Katherine Ryan), The Thames at Night with Tony Robinson, My God It’s Full of Stars (the story of Science Fiction), Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico, Last Chance to See (Kakapo), and Top Gear (a long time ago).
BEN’S TOP STORY TIP
Remind yourself to work out how much of the story you need to tell. Just as in drama, where much is thrown away when adapting a book, so it is with factual storytelling. The rushes will hold far more ‘story’ than the programme can tell.