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19.-21.09. 2019



Documentary storytelling is complex, challenging and exciting. Hardly any other film genre offers so many dramaturgical possibilities. They are as diverse as the life they tell.

The documentary follows its own laws. His strengths are the open structures, the poetic concentrations, the refined rhythms. These dramaturgical structures do not only develop during editing, but begin with the selection of the topic, the research, and the first shoot.


Again and again attempts are made to subordinate documentary films to a fictional dramaturgy scheme such as that of the hero's journey, a three-act structure, of storytelling. But how successful can this "recipe" approach actually be?

The three-day seminar uses film examples and analyzes to present the basic structures of documentary dramaturgy at all levels of process design. At the beginning, the closed dramaturgies are presented, which tell stories linear-chronologically or causally-logically. In the next part, the focus is on the epic narratives with dialectic structures, mostly with an open ending. From there, the seminar deals with episode and mosaic structures and finally with essayistic, associative forms such as in the film "Sans Soleil" by Chris Marker. At the end, emotionally effective design elements are fanned out again.

Throughout the seminar, participants have the opportunity to bring in dramaturgical questions about their own projects.

The seminar is aimed at authors and directors, producers, camera operators and editors.


Prof. Michael Möller: After training at the Cologne School - Institute for Journalism and studying economics at the University of Cologne with a degree in economics, Michael Möller worked from 1981 to 1988 as an editor at WDR. The freelance television journalist, author and director became a moderator at the WDR Funkhaus Europa in March 1999 and has been a lecturer at the Film Academy in Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg since the summer semester of 2000, directing documentary films. He received numerous awards, was represented at many national and international film festivals such as Amsterdam, Mumbai, Mexico City, Ghuangzou and was a member of the jury for the German Camera Award, among others. He is a specialist in fabrics from the former Yugoslavia.

time + place

Thursday 09/19/19 to Saturday 09/21/2019
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (break: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.)

Guild management in the Arminius market hall
Arminiusstrasse 2-4
10551 Berlin-Moabit
(near underground station Turmstrasse)

participation fees

AG DOK members: €370
Other associations with a cooperation agreement*: €420
Non-members*: €500

The amount includes all teaching and practice units as well as meals. The catering includes a warm buffet at lunchtime.

Bonus vouchers from the education bonus program are accepted!

*The fee savings when joining the AG DOK can be so great that you receive the member services in addition to attending the seminar and still pay less overall, so it may be worth taking a look at our service overview and the fee rates.

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Bookings by September 19, 2019 are no longer possible!

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