Announcement: Oscar-Nominated documentary filmmaker Daniel Raim is in the final stages of creating a scriptwriting & storytelling masterclass for the Desktop Documentaries community.
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
Thanks to Film Courage for sharing this compilation of motivational quotes from fellow filmmakers. Happy New Year!
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!).
WRITING FOR EMOTIONAL IMPACT: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End - http://amzn.to/2hTo1ab
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.
Here's a look at some free tools for photo editing, file management, graphics, audio editing and more....
"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
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.
00:38 - Argument Against Shorts
05:33 - Argument For Shorts
13:32 - Making A Feature
21:44 - Final Thoughts On Filmmaking
To get your free copy of Michael Hauge’s 6-Stage Structure Chart, just go to http://www.storymastery.com/fcchart
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!
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.
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.
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
"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
Announcing the 2017 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. $10,000. Deadline February 15, 2017. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is
Filmmaker Tony Wise shares his creative approach for producing a series of short documentary stories for the non-profit organization Volunteers of America.
For the second consecutive year, SIFF and True Productions have partnered to underwrite two $50,000 documentary grants for filmmakers. The sole purpose
"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."
"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)
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
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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.