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Documentary Tips, Issue #017 -- Best Documentary Tips 2012
December 06, 2012

Issue #17 – December 6, 2012 –


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Best Documentary Tips 2012

As we close out 2012 and head into a new year, I thought this might be a good time to recap some of my best documentary tips and most popular articles on Desktop Documentaries to help you in your filmmaking journey.

Step-By-Step: How To Make A Documentary - There are few things in life more challenging (or worthwhile) than making a documentary. Here is a simple step-by-step process to get your film made.

Directing the Documentary – Do you know the ONE thing a good director needs to make a film? See if you’ve got what it takes to direct a documentary.

Videography Tips – If you’re new to shooting documentaries, make sure to avoid the most common amateur mistakes. Follow these simple tips to keep you on track.

Editing the Documentary – This is where is all comes together. Learn some simple “tricks of the trade” to help you weave together a winning story.

Audio Basics for Filmmaking – Some say that audio is even more important than the visuals in a film. What do you think?

How To Write A Documentary Script – A script is the framework of your film. A script is not necessarily just narration or voice, it is a description of what will be heard AND seen on the screen.

Fundraising for a Documentary – Raising money for a documentary can be one of the most unexpected (and challenging) aspects of making a film. You might be surprised by some of the simple ways to raise money the fastest.

Selling Your Documentary – A common mistake by first-time filmmakers is to think of distribution AFTER their film is completed. Can you guess why you should think about distribution first?

Documentary Digital Video Essentials – Start with knowing your digital video essentials and check out a great starter list for documentary filmmaking gear.

Free Film Clips – If you’re looking for archival or free footage, check out these great resources.

Much Much More!

There are hundreds more pages of documentary tips on my site.

Looking for something specific? Do a quick search!

I hope the above filmmaking resources are helpful to you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season and happy new year!


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