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Do you love storytelling and making films? 
Do you have a story the world needs to hear?

This site is all about helping you turn your dream documentary into reality. 
Whether that's a 2-minute mini-documentary or a 90-minute feature film, we've got you covered.

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There's Never Been A Better Time To Be A Filmmaker!

What was once reserved for an elite few, making documentaries is now within reach of anyone with access to a camcorder and the internet.

Heck, you don't even need a camera!

Download stock footage off the internet and "mash up" your own unique film using free video editing software and free film clips. You can even make a movie with your iPhone.

And documentaries are HOT. Major news organizations including CNN, New York Times, Al Jazeera and TIME have recently added new documentary divisions or a commitment to documentary programming.  Some are saying we are entering a new "golden age" of documentary programming. Even Netflix is getting in the game creating their own original documentary content. 

So jump in. Follow your passion. Now's the time!

Whether it's highlighting a local sports team, documenting a mental illness center or following your own life's story, making a documentary today is limited only by your imagination and determination. 

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  1. Copyright Question: What proof do I need to legally use photos/footage in my documentary

    Feb 06, 16 09:48 PM

    Hi, I am aware that there are a lot of websites that contain photos/images that are either in the public domain, or where the authors have given consent

  2. Behind The World's First Documentary (And What Today's Filmmakers Can Learn From It)

    Feb 02, 16 04:07 AM

    Daniel Cantagallo takes a look back at the world's first documentary, Nanook of the North, and lessons today's filmmakers can learn from it.

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  3. On Avoiding Dangerous Situations, and Engaging With Them, When Making A Documentary

    Jan 26, 16 01:26 AM

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--Robert Bresson, French film director

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    About Desktop Documentaries

    Hi, my name is Faith and I've been making films, videos and documentaries for more than 20 years. Many other filmmakers also contribute to this site. There is no other resource like it providing easy step-by-step guidance on how to make a documentary. Every page is dedicated to nurturing, teaching and inspiring the next generation of filmmakers. 

    "Making a documentary takes guts, passion and
    a little bit of crazy sauce!"

    Faith Fuller, Publisher/Editor

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