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Share Your Knowledge, Grow Your Audience,
Attract New Clients, Build Credibility


Tell Your Story and Get Recognition On A Major
Documentary Website

Do you love the filmmaking process? Do you enjoy helping others realize their dream of making films and documentaries? Are you looking for creative ways to market your latest film or establish yourself as an expert in the filmmaking world? Wonderful! This opportunity may be for you.

Desktop-Documentaries.com is a popular resource that attracts 750,000+ filmmakers/producers/film enthusiasts every year from around the world who are searching for advice, tips and insight on how to take their documentary idea and turn it into a film.

Making documentaries is a BIG world and each of us has our own unique knowledge and experience on various aspects of the industry and craft.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you have something valuable to share!

Yes, you have what it takes to write an article for Desktop Documentaries.


How You Benefit By Writing An Article:

  • Attracts New Clients - If you own a production company that offers services such as video production, voice overs, transcription services, video editing, scriptwriting, etc, sharing knowledge in your area of expertise makes you stand out from your competition and helps you attract new clients who need your services! 

  • Provides a HOT link - If you know anything about SEO, getting links back to your site is super valuable (especially from a reputable site like ours with a great Alexa ranking) and builds traffic and recognition for your own site and project. 

  • Helps You With fundraising - If people don't know about your project, how can they help you? By building your presence across the web and providing valuable & interesting content that shows up in Google searches, you raise awareness and interest in your film. 

  • Builds Your Credibility - Getting your article published sets you apart in the big world of filmmaking. It builds your credibility/expertise which can help sell your films and get you hired for film projects and even speaking gigs. 

  • Helps Sell Your Film - The same principles for fundraising applies here. If you provide valuable content (lessons learned, tips, advice, insights, etc), it makes people pay attention to you and leads them to your site. 

  • Helps Build Your Audience - By making more people aware of who you are and your film projects, you expand the community around your film(s).

Even if you haven't made a documentary yet, you can talk about the process (even the frustrations!) you are going through deciding on a topic or writing your proposal. Those insights can be valuable to other filmmakers.

Here are some general topics you could choose from to write your article:


Article Ideas:

  • Your process for choosing a documentary idea

  • How are you approaching foundations for funding? Write about a success or a learning moment.

  • How did you choose your video editing computer

  • Do you have experience working with a broadcaster such as PBS or HBO? Share your experince and let other filmmakers know how to get their films picked up for broadcast

  • Your top 10 tips for doing a crowdfunding campaign

  • Your distribution strategy, lessons learned

  • Storytelling structure – what works for you

The topics are only limited by your imagination. Think about what you're learning RIGHT NOW. What's fresh on your mind that you can share? Are you in film school? Talk about an interesting lesson you are in process of learning. Are you currently editing your documentary? Talk about an interesting editing technique you're experimenting with or your favorite video editing software.

Need more personalized article ideas or have questions, contact us!


Compensation:

By publishing on a highly ranked site like Desktop Documentaries, the benefits to you are numerous. The exposure helps boost your film sales, donations, equipment sales, e-book sales, speaking gigs, shooting gigs, paying clients, etc. To understand better how this all works, take a free course on internet marketing

We are open to your ideas and figuring out how to make it a win-win!

Please contact us or submit your article below.


Instructions for Article Submissions

It's super easy to submit an article with us.

  • Write an article about something you're passionate about!

  • Your article should be at least 500 words (the longer the better).

  • Your article must be unique content that is not published anywhere else.

  • Include a short bio about yourself and even a sample video clip of your work (just give us the link and we'll embed it for you)

  • Keep in mind this is not a commercial for you or your film - that can go in your bio. This is your chance to share something of VALUE (tips, lessons learned, advice, etc)

  • Click on the box below and get started! Or let us know if you have questions


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5 Cinematic Techniques For Making A Documentary More Impactful By Ron Dawson - As a documentary filmmaker, it's your job to tell a story.  Just because it's a documentary, doesn't mean it has to be boring. Learn 5 cinematic techniques to make your documentary more impactful.

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An Unconventional Approach To Short Form Documentary Filmmaking By Tony Wise - The pitch, on the surface, was rather straight forward. For this project though we wanted to try something a little different.

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How To Free Film, Video, Audio and Photos For Your Documentary By David Vine - There is an unimaginable amount of multimedia available to you. Here are some of the best sources to find free media for your documentary or video project...

How To Choose Your Next Documentary Idea By Mike Raab - Good stories are as close as your nose. That's advice from filmmaker Mike Raab on how to choose your next documentary idea.

Best Documentary Video Camera for (under) $2500 by Matt James Smith - Looking for a great video camera to shoot your documentary that won't break the bank but still give great results? Matt James Smith walks us through the options...

10 Reasons Why Traveling The World Has Made Me A Better Filmmaker By Ashley Meek - After graduating with a BFA in Film Studies I decided to take a leap of faith into the unknown and take several months on a solo backpacking trip around the world...

What Is A Radio Documentary? by Bernie Lucht - 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.

Secrets of Cinematography: 10 Elements of a High Quality Image by Ebrahim Saadawi - Is cinematography all magic and mystery? Or can the craft be broken down scientifically? Learn the 10 things that create the “secret sauce” of a high quality image.

How To Make A Life Documentary Of Your Parents By Carolien Oosterhoff - Six years ago I started capturing my parents’ life stories on camera. Here are 10 do's and don'ts I've learned along the way.

Matt James Smith

Cinematic Documentary Camera Gear Package For (just over) $1,000 By Matt James Smith - If you're looking for an affordable camera package that gives gorgeous cinematic results, here's what you need.

Shooting Solo: A Low-Budget Filmmaker's Equipment List By Joseph East - When your documentary is self-funded, your resources are tight and you can't afford to hire additional crew, do you just throw in the towel?  NO WAY!  Here's my low budget filmmakers equipment list.


Becoming Your Family Video Biographer
by James Duke - This post describes my journey making our family video biography. Lessons learned, my gear list and video samples.

Three Simple Rules For Making Documentaries By Kevin Railsback - Recently I talked to the panel of judges of a local film festival about what they looked for in a good documentary film. They unanimously agreed on three things that they wanted to see in a documentary.


Mimi Chan

Why I Made A Documentary About My Father | The Inspiration Behind "Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer" By Mimi Chan - The most common questions I have been asked at film festival Q&A's have been: "Why did you decide to make a film about your father, how did you get started, and how long did it take?"

Crowdfunding For Filmmakers: 5 Questions To Consider Before Launching By John T. Trigonis - Do you need money for your documentary or indie film? Don't jump into crowdfunding without considering these five key questions.

Jason O'Brien

How To Choose Your Documentary Idea | The Story Behind "Cuddle" By Jason O'Brien - Are you struggling with how to choose your documentary idea? Here's how I KNEW I had a good documentary idea and why I decided to make a documentary about cuddling.

S'ambrosia Wasike

Top Ten Lessons From A Newbie Filmmaker by S'ambrosia Wasike -  It's been six months now since my husband and I started our Kenya-based video production company.  Here are our top lessons learned, plus our gear list!

The Odd World of Documentary Filmmaking | The Story Behind JONNY by Massimo Salvato - I did not really decide to make a documentary, or at least not in the conventional way of writing a proposal and presenting it to potential funders.  My passion and commitment for the film unfolded and grew....

Jen Senko

The Brainwashing Of My Dad Documentary | Lessons In Filmmaking by Jen Senko - For the past year I've been working on a documentary that I've been wanting to do for the last dozen years.. 

How To Make A Documentary | Finding Your Story by Samuel W. Reed - There's an old saying in Hollywood about documentaries being written 3 times: First, with the Inception of the Idea. Second, with the Shooting of the Idea and finally, in the Editing of the Idea...

Diving & Rescue Documentary | Gear List by Tony DeRose - By day I'm an Instructional Designer, Technical Writer, and do voice-overs (inter-company). By night, I'm a member of a volunteer dive rescue unit. 

Audio Recording Options for DSLR Videography by Pratik Panda - Don't you want the best audio quality possible for your video production projects? Pratik Panda shares some of the most common audio recording options when shooting video with your DSLR. 

Behind The World's First Documentary (And What Today's Filmmakers Can Learn From It) By Daniel Cantagallo - Many have proclaimed that now is the golden age of documentaries and, with Sundance just wrapping up, there has been a lot of rich and vibrant conversation around the form (what it is and what it isn't).

How To Work With A Composer by Joseph East - Are you looking to hire a composer for your documentary? Documentary director Joseph East ("I Will Dance") offers 5 tips and lessons learned.

Video Lighting Techniques for Videos and Documentaries by Lorraine Grula - When it comes to making videos and documentaries, your lighting makes a bigger difference in the quality of your finished product than what kind of camera you use.

Pratik Panda

Audio Basics 101 | Tips & Tricks To Get Great Voice-Over Narration On A Budget by Pratik Panda - Are you wondering why some videos have wonderfully rich sound and your audio sounds hollow, tinny and empty? Here are a few easy tips to improve the quality of your audio.

Documentary Ideas: How My First Documentary Came Looking For me by Barbara ReinaThey found it in the library basement and I helped them turn it into a documentary. It all started with a key. 

DSLR Audio | MixPre-D Review by Larry Vaughn - What's the best way to capture professional audio with a DSLR?  Freelance video producer and sound mixer Larry Vaughn shares his favorite gear to get the job done.

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Quick Links | Other Ways To Get Involved:

Confessions of a Filmmaking Amateur - Be a guest writer for our filmmaking amateur blog series called "Confessions of a Filmmaking Amateur". You can browse the articles and contribute your own.

Write A Documentary Review - Be a film critic! Let us know what you think of the latest documentary you've seen.

Camcorder Review - Got an opinion on your camcorder. Let others know what you think. Write an article!

Video Editing Software Review - There are lots of great options out there for video editing. Let the filmmaking community know what you think about your video editing software. We need reviews for Final Cut X!

Pitch Documentary Ideas -- Got a great documentary idea? This is the place to share it.

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