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Documentary Tips, Issue #020 -- Pre-Production Check List
April 16, 2013

Documentary Tips Issue #20 – April 2013


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Documentary Directing Pre-Production Check List

Documentary Directing Pre-Production Check List

When you're just starting out and ready to make your documentary, doing some pre-planning can save you a lot of headaches and surprises down the road.

Here's a pre-production check list I put together to help you think through all the important steps you'll need to take when making your documentary.

Documentary Directing Pre-Production Check List

What's New?

Latest Articles

Documentary Funding: What Is A Fiscal Sponsor and Why Do I Need One? -- Having a fiscal sponsor can be a life saver when raising money for your documentary. Find out why in this free section from my Documentary Fundraising Guide.

Stop Motion Videos - Creating stop motion videos for your documentary is a fantastic (and cheap!) way to give your project the "cool" factor.

Documentary Directing: Avoid These Top Five Amateur Mistakes - Documentary directing requires a great deal of planning, passion and persistence. Here are some top amateur filmmaking mistakes to avoid.

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Your Questions

Conflict of Interest When Making A Documentary - Question: I am producing a documentary about two good friends of mine. The director is concerned the friendship is a conflict of interest...

Documentary Question | Maintaining Full Creative Control or Not? -- Question: We are at an impasse in making a doc, and the impasse comes down to creative control. Our subjects would like a 'can't live with it' clause in the release form...

Making Documentaries in Australia - Do you have any recommendations, apart from the government sources, for documentary help and therefore tips in Australia?

-->See MORE Q&A and Ask Your Own Question

Your Documentary Ideas

My Father Is An Alcoholic | Documentary Idea -- I want to make a documentary about my 45 year old father. He is a serious alcoholic and has been homeless most of his life.

Last Time To The Islands | Documentary Idea - I live in SW Florida and just north of the fabled 10.000 Islands and the Everglades. I have camped there several times by kayak...

Cost of Living vs. People's Income Confusion | Documentary Idea - After my engineering bachelor's degree, I started working in industry for a few years while paying for loans and debt. My family is having mortgage issues...

-->See MORE Ideas And Submit Your Own

Much Much More!

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