How To Make Documentaries
From Script to Screen
Documentary Ideas | Documentary Funding | Film
Distribution | Documentary Filmmaking 101

Welcome to Desktop Documentaries! Learn step by step how to turn your dream documentary into reality.  

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

Making Documentaries | What's YOUR story?

Filmmakers Helping Filmmakers

This site is run by an award-winning documentary producer who's been making films, videos and documentaries for more than 20 years. Many other filmmakers also contributeThere is no other site 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.  

Here's what you'll find on this site:

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 making a comeback. 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 get in the game. 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.

Jump start your film! Sign up here for a 7-day crash course to learn step-by-step how to make a documentary.

"Make visible what, without you, might
perhaps never have been seen."

--Robert Bresson, French film director

What Brings You Here?

  • You have a great idea for a documentary, but have no clue where to start.

  • You have a clue where to start, but are in need of funding.

  • You are researching the filmmaking tools (camcorders, video editing software, lighting kits, etc) needed for the job.

  • You’ve been shooting footage like crazy and are now in need of some scriptwriting or video editing guidance.

  • You have a finished documentary (congratulations!) and are trying to figure out how to distribute your film.

    We can help!

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    No matter where you are in the process, thank you for stopping by. It is my sincere hope this site is helpful in your filmmaking journey.

    You can learn more about this site on our About Page.

    Or start making movies right now!

    Thanks for visiting and happy filmmaking!

    Faith Fuller, Publisher/Editor

    Every story has a beginning... what's yours?

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    I just wanted to say that I think your website is amazing. I am a beginner with an idea, and the info and articles on your website are easy to understand and answer many questions I have. I can't wait to start filming!

    --Sarah (Sydney, Australia)

    I am a professional filmmaker, and I applaud this site for detailing the ABC's of documentary filmmaking. It serves as my own checklist as I continue making my own films... Thanks!

    --Sabrina Aviles - Boston, Mass.

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