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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)
The Documentary Life Podcast this week features our very own Faith Fuller, Founder & Publisher of Desktop Documentaries. Enjoy!
"Documentaries are my favorite "genre." I've been working on smaller projects for my church denomination and have used your course to make sure I'm headed in the right direction. My stuff has been shorter duration such that I didn't need as much movement in the story arc, but your guidelines are super helpful as I think about longer duration work.
I've also tried ENG cameras vs. DSLRs and lapel vs. shotgun on others to learn the pros/cons. Thanks for putting this series together. It was really helpful." ~Colin Campbell/CnJ Multimedia
Here's a look at some of the top resources for free film, video, audio and photos.
Buy The Book: Writing For Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias
This is a suggestion, rather than a pitch. Death is something that happens to us all. There's no escaping it, yet we have so little information on what
Stray animals is a huge problem facing animals in Egypt. They are mistreated, hungry, and are in serious need of vets. Not many people know about this
Oscar-nominated documentary director Daniel Raim has spent the last 2 years pouring over stacks of photographs, old film footage and other archival materials for...
Call for submissions 2016! The Mental Health Channel's Online Film Festival (MHC OFF) celebrates and promotes filmmakers who, through excellent storytelling and filmmaking, raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues.
Veteran radio producer (CBC), Bernie Lucht, explores the basics of radio documentaries, offering inspiring insights and how to get started in this genre of storytelling.
5 Sundance Film Festival Stories (Courtesy Film Courage)
00:00 - 1. The Submission - Chris Byrne & Diane Bell - OBSELIDIA
08:53 - 2. The Call - Brian Jun - STEEL CITY
15:52 - 3. The Screening - Sean Baker - TANGERINE
16:54 - 4. The Sale - Patrick Creadon - WORDPLAY
22:01 - 5. The Rival - Dan Mirvish - SLAMDANCE Co-Founder
27:39 - 6. Bonus: Parting Advice - Kyle Patrick Alvarez - C.O.G. and THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT
This is a bit off topic from documentary filmmaking, however it's a fascinating peak into the television world. Plus it's a great study in what makes a great story. Thanks to Peter Russell and Film Courage for this episode. Enjoy!
Courtesy: Film Courage
Known in the art world as The Hands of Genius for his miniature masterpieces. When described as the most talented artist in the world, alive today, he
Submission Deadline is September 30, 2016: The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Film Festival is a biennial event dedicated to the celebration of
Video courtesy: Film Courage
"I was looking for an overview of the filmmaking process, and this course fit the bill exactly. It also provided enough detail and content to build my confidence, when I had been feeling pretty overwhelmed. I appreciated the templates that added some rigor to what had been a lot of floundering -- meaning massive Google searches and way too much information.
This course had a perfect balance of conceptual content and practical tips, especially about building excitement about the film. It got me thinking about my upcoming project in a whole new way." ~Paule Hewlett
Recently there have been many films, articles and discussions about the use of prison labor in the USA (re: Whole Foods, etc.) and the criticism seems
How can you guarantee success of your documentary once it's completed? Independent film producer Jason Brubaker shares advice, tips and trends on documentary film distribution.
Entertainment Attorney Gordon P. Firemark answers your questions. In this episode, it's a question about location releases.
"As a beginner I had no idea of documentary film production and now I have the foundations of the profession at my fingertips. I could not have been more lucky than have your expertise to put me on the right track. Excellent course. Many thanks." ~Vincent Hawley (Australia)
I am a 430lb 32 year old male. My brother is a 29 year old Recovering drug addict. 30 days ago, my brother hit his bottom. He came to me and asked for
Pascal Payant is a narrative filmmaker and shares valuable insight for all filmmakers, both narrative and documentary.
Firsttime filmmaker Barbara Reina of New York shares how her first documentary found her. It all started with a key.
My name is Sarah and I am 19 years old. When I was 11 years old my grandfather, Melvin Benovitz, died. It was at this time that I learned that my grandfather
New Review! "I have been waiting 5 years for something like this to come my way. I bought equipment 5 years ago and only with your course i have found the motivation and courage to tackle my dreams hands on. I have set goals for the next 6 months with ideas and opportunities some documentary makers can only dream about. Now I can start." ~Matthew de Jager
Bottom line, consider doing both VOD and DVD/Blu-Ray. VOD for online audience and disc for stores/events/etc. One idea to make the DVD (and higher price) more attractive, is to include extras that can't be found anywhere else.
Learn more about film distribution and how to make money selling your documentary in our 3-Day course "How To Make Money With Video & Documentaries" that comes FREE with the 7-Day Documentary Crash Course.
It's been months in the making and today we are excited to announce the launch of our new responsive (mobile ready) site design! We hope the changes will make your visit here more enjoyable. The site is still in process of of being updated, so if you see anything strange, please let us know via the Contact page. Otherwise enjoy the site!
See our previous announcement here: New Look For Desktop Documentaries
Have you considered virtual reality for your documentary? Lucy Walker, director of "A History of Cuban Dance," discusses her Virtual Reality documentary project with moderator Hussain Currimbhoy at the IDA's "Deep Dive into Virtual Reality" panel, April 21, 2016.
This week’s free video clip comes from the shores of Thailand. Grab your sunglasses and head for the beach with Randy Travis’ Colorful Beach Aerial.
Download Colorful Beach Aerial (FREE download from Pond5)
"This course is amazing. Faith Fuller shares her interesting experiences with making documentaries which makes learning using desktop documentaries more realistic and more practical. For me, I was planning to make educational documentaries about medical conditions. I now have the background about where to get footages, copyright law, which camera to choose, etc.
~Dr. Abdulaziz Almutawa
Learn More: Documentary Film Festival Survival Tips
Question: I am writing to you from Switzerland. I started to make a documentary about my country. The film shows the history from the Ice age, up to today.
Filmmaker Brian Jenkins takes us behind the scenes of his upcoming documentary "Answering The Call" (Fall 2016).
See Brian's full documentary gear list...
Today we're introducing a new look for Desktop Documentaries. It's been several months in the making and we are finally ready to make it official!
New Review! "Your course has been a godsend. I would wake up to my alarm at 0700 each morning and go straight to my computer to read the next lesson for the day. Thank you!" ~Pam Wade, Remote Area Nurse and Media Student (Australia)
Looking to buy a new camera? Nature filmmaker Kevin Railsback explains why he bought the Nikon D500 for filming out in nature.
Similar to a run-and-gun situation with documentaries. Thank you Kalani and Film Courage for sharing!
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