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Documentary Tips, Issue #023 -- How To Make A Mini Documentary
July 30, 2013

July 2013 - Documentary Tips Issue #023

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How To Make A Mini Documentary

How To Make A Mini Documentary | Q&A With Steffan Hacker Many of us who make documentaries probably find ourselves, much more often, making shorter films for non-profits and businesses to earn our living while we work on our "passion" projects on the side.

Mini-documentaries are also great ways to "test" or inspire our documentary idea.

For example, the idea for my PBS documentary Briars in the Cotton Patch came after producing a mini-documentary for a Habitat for Humanity International event. After conducting several interviews for the 3-minute piece, I started to realize, "Woah, this is a much bigger story!"

What Is A Mini Documentary And How Do You Make One?

One of my former colleagues, Steffan Hacker, is currently working as the Multimedia Producer for Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). He produces some beautiful work and I asked him if he'd be willing to share some insights on his process and the filmmaking gear he uses.

How To Make A Mini Documentary | Q&A With Tufts University Multimedia Producer Steffan Hacker

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Your Questions

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Your Documentary Ideas

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