Quantcast

Desktop Documentaries
Blog & News Feed

Jan 20, 2017

NEW! Free Documentary Scriptwriting Template + Mini-Course

Documentary Ideas

Continue reading "NEW! Free Documentary Scriptwriting Template + Mini-Course"

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.

Continue reading "Scriptwriting & Storytelling Masterclass 2017 | Discussion & Updates"

Jan 12, 2017

Documentary Ideas: The Easiest Documentary To Make

Documentary Ideas

Continue reading "Documentary Ideas: The Easiest Documentary To Make"

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

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

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

Continue reading "Underwater Documentary Cinematography With Wildlife Filmmaker Michael Maes"

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!).

Continue reading "DIY Last-Minute Video Gift Ideas"

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.

Continue reading "How To Make A Family Legacy Documentary"

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....

Continue reading "Free Software For Filmmakers (Using PCs)"

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

See More Reviews: "7-Day Documentary Crash Course"

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.

Continue reading "Question About Getting Film Permits for Locations Already Filmed On"

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!

Continue reading "Holiday Gift Guide for Filmmakers 2016"

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.

Continue reading "Video Production Gear List: Singalila in the Himalaya Documentary"

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.

Continue reading "My Honeymoon Documentary: An Unexpected Film Project"

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

Continue reading "SONY FDR AX-100 | Video Camera Review"

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

See More Reviews: "7-Day Documentary Crash Course"

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

Continue reading "JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant"

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.

Continue reading "An Unconventional Approach to Short Form Documentary Storytelling"

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

Continue reading "SIFF and True Productions $100,000 Documentary Grant"

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

See More Reviews: "7-Day Documentary Crash Course"

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.

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

Oct 17, 2016

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

Oct 07, 2016

New! Free Documentary Starter Kit

Documentary Starter Kit

Get Your Free Documentary Starter Kit

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)

Learn How To Raise Money For Your Documentary

Oct 04, 2016

The Documentary Life Podcast Interviews Desktop Documentaries Founder Faith Fuller

Faith Fuller Podcast

The Documentary Life Podcast this week features our very own Faith Fuller, Founder & Publisher of Desktop Documentaries. Enjoy!

Documentary Life Podcast Interview with Faith Fuller

Oct 03, 2016

7-Day Documentary Crash Course Review | "Super Helpful"

Documentary 7 Day Crash Course "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

See More Reviews: "7-Day Documentary Crash Course"

Sep 27, 2016

Desktop Documentaries Announces New Documentary Learning Center

Desktop Documentaries Learning Center

Continue reading "Desktop Documentaries Announces New Documentary Learning Center"

Sep 26, 2016

How To Find Free Film, Video, Audio and Photos For Your Documentary

Desktop Documentaries

Here's a look at some of the top resources for free film, video, audio and photos.

Continue reading "How To Find Free Film, Video, Audio and Photos For Your Documentary"

Sep 22, 2016

The Power and Purpose Of Story by Karl Iglesias

Buy The Book: Writing For Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias

Sep 21, 2016

The Truth About Death | Documentary Idea

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

Continue reading "The Truth About Death | Documentary Idea"

Sep 21, 2016

The Animals Of Egypt | Documentary Idea

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

Continue reading "The Animals Of Egypt | Documentary Idea"

Sep 01, 2016

How To Organize 60 Years Of History Into A 94-Minute Documentary

Desktop Documentaries

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...

Continue reading "How To Organize 60 Years Of History Into A 94-Minute Documentary"

Aug 31, 2016

How To Distribute Your Documentary On Netflix, Google Play, iTunes & Amazon

VOD

Sponsor Generated Content

Continue reading "How To Distribute Your Documentary On Netflix, Google Play, iTunes & Amazon"

Aug 29, 2016

Mental Health Channel's Online Film Festival | Call For Submissions (2016)

MHC

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.

Continue reading "Mental Health Channel's Online Film Festival | Call For Submissions (2016)"

Aug 23, 2016

What Is A Radio Documentary

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.

Continue reading "What Is A Radio Documentary"

Aug 22, 2016

5 Sundance Film Festival Stories

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

Documentary Film Festival Survival Tips

Aug 17, 2016

MR. ROBOT Script Analysis - Opening Hook, Central Question & Permanent Dilemma

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!

Learn How To Make A Documentary

Aug 14, 2016

Raising Money For A Documentary - Full Interview with Judy Chaikin

Courtesy: Film Courage

Learn How To Raise Money For Your Documentary

Aug 04, 2016

The Hands of Genius | Documentary Idea

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

Continue reading "The Hands of Genius | Documentary Idea"

Aug 04, 2016

The Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival

Submission Deadline is September 30, 2016: The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Film Festival is a biennial event dedicated to the celebration of

Continue reading "The Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival"

Aug 02, 2016

Writing A Documentary Happens During Editing by Clay Tweel & Michel Varisco

Video courtesy: Film Courage

Learn How To Write A Documentary Script

Jul 29, 2016

7-Day Documentary Crash Course | "Perfect balance of conceptual content and practical tips"

Documentary 7 Day Crash Course "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

See More Reviews: "7-Day Documentary Crash Course"

Jul 27, 2016

Deciding To Be A Filmmaker Doesn't Mean You Are One by Pascal Payant

Courtesy: Film Courage

Jul 26, 2016

Prison Labor: A Success Story | Documentary Idea

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

Continue reading "Prison Labor: A Success Story | Documentary Idea"

Jul 19, 2016

It’s Never Too Late To Become A Filmmaker - Full Interview with Alexis Kirke

Learn How To Make A Documentary

Jul 14, 2016

Q&A With Jason Brubaker On Film Distribution

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.

Continue reading "Q&A With Jason Brubaker On Film Distribution"

Ready To Make Your Dream Documentary?

Sign up for our exclusive 7-day crash course and learn step-by-step how to make a documentary from idea to completed film!