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Jun 19, 2017

"Hearing Is Believing" Documentary - Rachel Flowers & Lorenzo DeStefano [FULL INTERVIEW]

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Jun 13, 2017

Watch A Money-Winning Documentary Fundraising Trailer

See the "Current Sea" Documentary Kickstarter Campaign

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Jun 13, 2017

The Story Behind the CURRENT SEA Documentary by Christopher Smith & Stephanie Lincoln

See the "Current Sea" Documentary Kickstarter Campaign

Jun 12, 2017

MovieMaker Magazine Features Desktop Documentaries' Instructor Daniel Raim

Daniel Raim

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

Jun 08, 2017

JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is pleased to announce the 2018 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. The JDC Archives will select

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Jun 05, 2017

New! The 2017 Documentary Going Rates Handbook

The 2017 Going Rates Handbook (GRH) is a fully updated, comprehensive budgeting resource guide that covers all the expenses involved in a documentary production: everything from documentary crew rates to insurance to closed captioning to attorney fees. Offered exclusively on Desktop Documentaries...

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Jun 03, 2017

7 Things Filmmakers Should Probably Know About Equity Crowdfunding by David Willis

Learn About The Two Models Of Fundraising For Documentaries

See David's Investment Page for his movie “I’LL BE NEXT DOOR FOR CHRISTMAS”

May 30, 2017

Can I Sue A TV Network For Broadcasting My Image On Screen Without My Consent?

I attended an event at a nightclub. And today 7 months later I am watching tv & I come across the screen. I was unaware...

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May 26, 2017

Desktop Documentaries' Publisher Faith Fuller Guest Host for this week's The Documentary Life Podcast

Doc Life PodcastThis week the tables are turned and Desktop Documentaries Founder and Publisher Faith Fuller interviews The Documentary Life Podcast Host Chris Parkhurst.

In this episode, we delve into Parkhurst’s film/tv background, how travel affected his decision to get into film production, the importance of doing the dirty work and selling yourself as an independent filmmaker, why and how he decided to do a podcast, as well as a glimpse into some of the future plans for TDL and the podcast.

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May 23, 2017

9 Reasons Why Documentary Filmmakers Are Heroes

Documentary filmmakers are pioneers going places that the average person would not go and doing things the average person would not do, sometimes even putting themselves in danger for us, the viewers.

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May 16, 2017

How To Raise $15,000 (and Beyond!) For Your First Documentary

Documentary Fundraising Case Study

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May 11, 2017

How I Sold My Film To Netflix

Congrats to Jonny von Wallström for getting his documentary PEARL OF AFRICA picked up by Netflix.

Learn From Distribution Expert Jason Brubaker How To Get Your Film On Netflix

May 10, 2017

How To (Not) Fail As An Artist by Elaine Zicree & Marc Zicree

May 04, 2017

Lessons From A First-Time Filmmaker: Interview with Jon Matthews

Jon Matthews

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Apr 28, 2017

NYC Theatrical Premiere Tonight for Desktop Documentaries' Instructor Daniel Raim

Oscar Nominated Daniel Raim is launching the theatrical run for his documentary HAROLD AND LILLIAN (Zeitgeist Films) 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. This weekend's theatrical premiere launches a series of openings scheduled across the US including Cambridge/Boston area, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago. 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

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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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