Each year, fourteen 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 of 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, fourteen 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 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 program 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 and then immediately put that new skill into practice during 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 inspiring personal stories that highlight broader themes.
Our 50/50 partnership
Our partnership with our participants continues beyond the creation of the film. Should that film that 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 program 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 an 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, and 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 it.
Participants are given access to all the equipment they will require for the duration of the production and program.
The equipment we use on the program 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 maximize 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.