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Dec 11, 2017

The Basics Of Making A Documentary: 7 Key Steps To Making Your Film

7 Steps To Make A Documentary

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Dec 03, 2017

Choosing A Computer For Video Editing

Video Editing Computer

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Nov 29, 2017

How To Make A Life Documentary Of Your Parents (10 Do's and Don'ts)

Make A Life Documentary Of Your Parents

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Nov 28, 2017

Tell Us Your Documentary Story!

Have you been working hard on your latest documentary? Would you like to see your story profiled here on Desktop Documentaries? Just share a few details and we'll take care of the rest!

Learn How To Submit Your Documentary Story

Nov 23, 2017

2017-2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Filmmakers - Gifts Under $100

Holiday Gift Guide

Browse the 2017-2018 Holiday Gift Guide For Filmmakers

Nov 21, 2017

Behind-The-Scenes: Ex-Cop's Son Makes Documentary About Controversial 1970's Police Task Force

Ex-Cop's Son Makes Documentary

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Nov 13, 2017

Crowdfunding For Filmmakers | 5 Questions To Consider Before Launching Your Campaign

Crowdfunding For Filmmakers

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Nov 07, 2017

Your Documentary Interviews: Are They Legal?

Documentary Interviews Legal

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Nov 05, 2017

When Documentary Filmmaking Gets Dangerous by Peter Nicks

Oct 31, 2017

Top 10 Filmmaking Lessons Making Documentary Short MR GELE

Top 10 Filmmaking Lessons

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Oct 24, 2017

Making A Living As Documentary Filmmakers - Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady

How To Earn A Full Time Living As A Documentary Filmmaker

Oct 08, 2017

New Course! Legal and Business Essentials For Documentary Filmmakers

Coming Soon: Legal and Business Essentials

Pre-Register Now For: "Legal and Business Essentials For Documentary Filmmakers" By Attorney Gordon P. Firemark

Oct 03, 2017

Why Your Documentary Isn't Any Good (Common Mistakes To Avoid)

Why Your Documentary Isn't Any Good

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Sep 27, 2017

Fake News and Fact-Checking In The Age Of Mass Information

Fake News and Fact Checking

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Sep 24, 2017

NEW! Martin Scorsese Teaches Filmmaking Masterclass (Pre-Enrollment Now Open)

Learn More: Martin Scorsese's Filmmaking Masterclass

Sep 18, 2017

Documentary and Video Production Jobs

Documentary and Video Jobs

See the Latest Documentary and Video Job Postings

Sep 13, 2017

Desktop Documentaries' Filmmaking Instructor Announces Broadcast Premiere of Documentary on TCM Tonight @ 8pm EST

Harold and Lillian

Go behind the scenes of how the HAROLD AND LILLIAN documentary was made

Sep 06, 2017

Production 101: Basics Of Making A Documentary

12 Point Filmmaking Check List

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Aug 31, 2017

7-Day Documentary Crash Course Review | "The Bomb-Diggidy"

Documentary 7 Day Crash Course"This Documentary Crash Course is the Bomb-Diggidy! I like to think of it as the Documentary Film Course For Dummies. You can literally sign up on day-1, and get everything you need in one learning center to go out into the field and produce your own documentary. Whether your doc will be good or not is completely up to YOU LOL."

~Tommy Red Phipps. Film/Video/Documentary Producer - Los Angeles, CA.

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Aug 30, 2017

12-Point Check List for Aspiring Documentary Filmmakers

12 Point Filmmaking Check List

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Aug 27, 2017

Best Selling Professional Video Cameras

Look what we found: Best Selling Professional Video Cameras on Amazon

Aug 18, 2017

How To Survive The Making Of A Documentary

How To Survive Documentaries

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Aug 10, 2017

NEW! Documentary Legal Forms for Post-Production

Legal Forms Post Production

New Release: Documentary Legal Forms and Contracts for Post-Production by Entertainment Attorney Gordon Firemark.

Packet Includes: Voice Talent Agreement; Music Master Use License; Music Synchronization License; Music Composer Agreement - (work for hire); Music Composer Agreement - (License style); 3rd Party Content License for Clips, Artwork, Products, Brands, etc.

Learn More: Documentary Legal Forms and Contracts for Post-Production

Aug 08, 2017

"Such A Time Saver!" | Documentary Budgeting System Review

"I absolutely love the budgeting package!!!! Sometimes we do not realize we need something until it drops in our lap. Such a time-saver!" -Anita Sugimura/Documentary Filmmaker

Learn More: Ultimate Documentary Budgeting System

Jul 28, 2017

How To Tell A Chronological Story Without Boring Your Audience

Daniel RaimAre you struggling through mounds of footage and interviews trying to find your story? Today, a new podcast is out interviewing Oscar-Nominated documentary filmmaker (and Desktop Documentaries instructor) Daniel Raim about his filmmaking workflow and process for structuring his documentaries.

TDL Podcast: 5 Ways to Make Your Documentary Film Standout + Conversation with Academy Award-Nominated Director, Scriptwriter Daniel Raim

Jul 11, 2017

FREE Documentary Budget Cash Flow Worksheet and Tutorial

Budgeting Masterclass

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Jul 03, 2017

7-Day Documentary Crash Course Review | "Excellent and Comprehensive"

Documentary 7 Day Crash Course"While I have acquired basic filmmaking knowledge through my IB film course, this course has provided an excellent and comprehensive guide to walk me through on the subject step be step in a professional but concise manner. I am now able to move forward the project with my team and I believe we are ready. Thanks to the course organizer for the enlightenments. " ~Daniel Chan

See More Reviews: "7-Day Documentary Crash Course"

Jun 28, 2017

Documentary Crowdfunding Tips: How To Reach $10,000 In Two Weeks On Kickstarter

Crowdfunding Tips

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Jun 26, 2017

Best Cameras For Wedding Videography With David Reynosa

Camera mentioned in this video: Canon C100 Mark II

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Jun 19, 2017

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

WATCH 'HEARING IS BELIEVING'
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Jun 13, 2017

Watch A Money-Winning Documentary Fundraising Trailer

See the "Current Sea" Documentary Kickstarter Campaign

Get Free Documentary Fundraising Tips

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.

Go To Documentary Life Podcast with Faith Fuller and Chris Parkhurst

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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