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Apr 28, 2017

Desktop Documentaries' Instructor Premieres Documentary In NYC Tonight

Oscar Nominated Daniel Raim is premiering his documentary HAROLD AND LILLIAN tonight, April 28th, at the newly revamped QUAD Cinema in New York City! Daniel will be in attendance Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for a Q&A following the 7:15 showings. Daniel is the instructor for our popular Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass. Congrats to Daniel!

Daniel Raim

Learn how Daniel organized 60 years of history into a 94-minute documentary

Apr 25, 2017

Filming Crowds: Do I need legal permission for people in the background?

Filming Crowds

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Apr 20, 2017

What Documentary Filmmakers Need To Know About Recorded Phone Calls by Jon Whelan

Apr 18, 2017

How To Make A Documentary (And Win A $100K Grant) With Zero Experience

100k Film Grant

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Apr 14, 2017

How does an independent filmmaker get their movie on Netflix?

netflixFilmmaker Question"I'm trying to figure out how to get my documentary movie on Netflix. Is there some kind of process to submit my film?" Film Distribution executive Jason Brubaker explains...

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Apr 11, 2017

Making My First Documentary: An Interview With Amber Talarico

First Time Filmmaker

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Apr 04, 2017

How To Copyright Your Documentary Idea

Copyright Your Documentary Idea

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Mar 30, 2017

PRIVATE Google Hangout THIS SUNDAY for Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass

If you're enrolled in Daniel Raim's Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass, there's a private Google Hangout scheduled for THIS Sunday, April 2nd at 2pm EST. This is your chance to ask Daniel questions relating to the course and about your script.

If you've been thinking about signing up, now's a good time!

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Mar 28, 2017

Documentary Filmmaking: A Call To Action

A Call To Action

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Mar 27, 2017

List of Largest Film Grants (2016 - 2017)

ANNOUNCEMENT: Fully updated. Get access to a list of the largest grants awarded for films (primarily documentaries). This list is a great indicator of the types of projects that are being funded and the most active funders in the field. Comes as one of four FREE bonuses with the Documentary Fundraising 101 Course. Graciously provided by The Foundation Center.

Documentary Fundraising 101 Course

Mar 27, 2017

Top 100 Film Funders List (2016 - 2017)

ANNOUNCEMENT: The brand new 2017 "Top 100 Film Funders List" has just been uploaded to the Documentary Fundraising 101 Course. This is a GOLD mine of information if you're raising money for your documentary. The Top 100 Film Funders Pack is one of four FREE Bonuses with the course. Graciously provided by The Foundation Center.

Documentary Fundraising 101 Course

Mar 23, 2017

Top 10 Documentary Fundraising Tips

Documentary Fundraising Tips

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Mar 14, 2017

How To Make A Full Time Living As A Documentary Filmmaker

Make Full Time Living As Documentary Filmmaker

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Mar 09, 2017

One Man Documentary Film Crew: Can I Make A Documentary By Myself?

One Man Documentary Crew

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Mar 06, 2017

FREE Documentary Starter Kit

Documentary Starter Kit

Get Your Free Documentary Starter Kit

Feb 27, 2017

Best Feature Documentary Winner: O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

See all 2017 Oscar Nominees for Best Documentary

Feb 27, 2017

Best Short Subject Documentary Winner: WHITE HELMETS

See all 2017 Oscar Nominees for Best Documentary

Feb 23, 2017

2017 Oscar Nominations for Best Documentary

The 89th Academy Awards Ceremony is scheduled for this Sunday, February 26. See the 10 documentaries up for an Oscar (5 Feature and 5 Short Subject). Below is the trailer for "First At Sea", up for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

See All 10 Best Documentary Nominations

Feb 21, 2017

NEW! Documentary Budgeting Masterclass with Jilann Spitzmiller

Budgeting Masterclass

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Feb 17, 2017

FREE Documentary Budget Cash Flow Worksheet and Tutorial

Budgeting Masterclass

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Feb 16, 2017

NEW! Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass with Daniel Raim

Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass

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Feb 09, 2017

How To Create An Accurate Documentary Budget

Documentary Budget

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Feb 07, 2017

Calendar for Filmmakers: Funding Deadlines, Festivals & Events

Filmmaker Calendar

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Jan 20, 2017

NEW! Documentary Scriptwriting Template + Mini-Course

Documentary Scriptwriting Template

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Jan 18, 2017

Scriptwriting & Storytelling Masterclass 2017 | Discussion & Updates

Announcement: Oscar-Nominated documentary filmmaker Daniel Raim is in the final stages of creating a scriptwriting & storytelling masterclass for the Desktop Documentaries community.

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Jan 12, 2017

Documentary Ideas: The Easiest Documentary To Make

Documentary Ideas

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Jan 10, 2017

Copyright Question: Can I Use Footage From The Internet For My Documentary?

Filmmaker Question: I ordered the legal releases kit which I found to be extremely helpful. I have a question that I know you could help me with. I'm

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Jan 03, 2017

Happy New Year! Motivation For Your 2017

Thanks to Film Courage for sharing this compilation of motivational quotes from fellow filmmakers. Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2016

Underwater Documentary Cinematography With Wildlife Filmmaker Michael Maes

Underwater Documentary Cinematography

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Dec 22, 2016

DIY Last-Minute Video Gift Ideas

Put those filmmaking skills to good use over the holidays. Whether you’re an amateur filmmaker or professional, home made DIY videos are always a hit! Here are 10 fun and creative video gift ideas for the holidays (or any special occasion!).

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Dec 19, 2016

Is There One Structure For Every Screenplay? Karl Iglesias

Karl's book:
WRITING FOR EMOTIONAL IMPACT: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End - http://amzn.to/2hTo1ab

Dec 16, 2016

How To Make A Family Legacy Documentary

A family legacy documentary or family history video is a wonderful way to honor your family members and create a lasting legacy for future generations.

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Dec 07, 2016

Free Software For Filmmakers (Using PCs)

Desktop Documentaries

Here's a look at some free tools for photo editing, file management, graphics, audio editing and more....

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Dec 06, 2016

7-Day Documentary Crash Course Review | "Brilliant"

Documentary 7 Day Crash Course"I have a one-word description for this course - brilliant! Thanks so much for making this incredibly rich content, advice and wisdom available. I've just completed a weeklong shoot, including some 20 interviews, and this course gave me an awareness and understanding of the overall process. Essentials are conveyed with easy-to-understand language, backed up by excellent resources. I'll be turning back to this content as I continue my first adventure in documentary filmmaking." ~Laurie Stoneham

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Dec 04, 2016

Question About Getting Film Permits for Locations Already Filmed On

Filmmaker Question: I am making a documentary about my city. I have already filmed around a number of locations that I now see I need permission for.

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Nov 29, 2016

Should Filmmakers Make Short Films or Features?

[Courtesy: Film Courage]

00:38 - Argument Against Shorts
05:33 - Argument For Shorts
13:32 - Making A Feature
21:44 - Final Thoughts On Filmmaking

Nov 22, 2016

Primary Goal Of Storytelling Is To Elicit Emotion - Overview Of Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Structure

To get your free copy of Michael Hauge’s 6-Stage Structure Chart, just go to http://www.storymastery.com/fcchart

Michael Hauge's book: Writing Screenplays That Sell: The Complete Guide To Turning Story Concepts Into Movie and Television Deals

Nov 16, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for Filmmakers 2016

Holiday Gift Guide Do you have a special filmmaker on your gift list? Or maybe you're a filmmaker yourself looking treat yourself this holiday season with a new camera or new gadget to help you in your filmmaking endeavors. Check out our brand new 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Filmmakers!

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Nov 14, 2016

Video Production Gear List: Singalila in the Himalaya Documentary

Learn what video gear to use for extreme & remote filmmaking. George Thengummoottil shot his documentary in the Himalayas and shares his gear list and filming challenges.

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Nov 13, 2016

My Honeymoon Documentary: An Unexpected Film Project

What would you want from your honeymoon? For someone who's never really travelled, I wanted a short break of pampered luxury in a nice cold climate.

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Nov 08, 2016

SONY FDR AX-100 | Video Camera Review

September 2016 I visited B&H Photo in New York to purchase video equipment needed for my work namely Sri Lanka Web Ads. It is a new business venture in

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Nov 08, 2016

7-Day Documentary Crash Course Review | "Blown Away"

Documentary 7 Day Crash Course"The 7 day course is ideal for anybody serious about making a marketable, professional documentary. I can't say enough about it. I'm blown away by the format as well as the content. Your course lays out every key element necessary - - in a logical, comprehensive manner, within 7 days. That's impressive." ~ CJ Villanueva

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Nov 04, 2016

JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

Announcing the 2017 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. $10,000. Deadline February 15, 2017. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is

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Nov 01, 2016

An Unconventional Approach to Short Form Documentary Storytelling

Filmmaker Tony Wise shares his creative approach for producing a series of short documentary stories for the non-profit organization Volunteers of America.

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Oct 31, 2016

SIFF and True Productions $100,000 Documentary Grant

For the second consecutive year, SIFF and True Productions have partnered to underwrite two $50,000 documentary grants for filmmakers. The sole purpose

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Oct 27, 2016

7-Day Documentary Crash Course Review | "Life Saver"

Documentary 7 Day Crash Course "This course has been an absolute life saver for me. It has given me all the skills I didn’t already have in documentary filmmaking, which is completely different from other genres. It really has made my life so much easier and it is well worth the money. Thank you for putting all your hard work out there for us newbies to learn from."
~Andrea LaRosa

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Oct 25, 2016

On The Road With Alex and Henry: Our Video and Photography Gear List


See Alex and Henry's full gear list and watch their other videos from the travel series.

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Oct 17, 2016

NEWTOWN Documentary Shows Us The Aftermath Of Sandy Hook Shooting by Kim A. Snyder

Oct 06, 2016

Learn How To Raise Money For Your Documentary - Course Review | "Dead On"

Learn How To Raise Money For Your Documentary"I wish I had discovered this course before I produced my first flick. Your information on who donates and why is dead on.

The goal for my next film is $100,000. When I'm done with your lessons, hopefully I will have more tools at my finger tips to get there. ~Murv Seymour/Documentary Director (Killer B3)

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