33 – 5 Ways to Make Your Documentary Film Standout + Conversation with Academy Award-Nominated Director, Scriptwriter Daniel Raim

July 28, 2017

Daniel Raim, Academy Award Nominated Director & Scriptwriter

One of the more over-looked aspects of making your documentary film is the scriptwriting process. If your intention is to just shoot, shoot, shoot, and then go through your footage and knock something up, you might be in for a long and painful ride.

Academy Award-nominated Director and Scriptwriter, Daniel Raim, has made a name for himself in the industry as one of the preeminent scriptwriters of the genre. Raim, who’s film Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story has just recently been released to much acclaim, has spent years researching storytelling and refining his documentary scriptwriting skills. And recently he has made the sum of his tireless exploration and scriptwriting experience available in the form of the Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass.

Official marquee, Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

I sat down to talk with Raim about his new film – the capper in a trilogy about the unsung heroes of Hollywood – as well as the often overlooked importance of writing a screenplay for one’s documentary film, and how he went about putting together his programme for the Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass.

And in the opening segment of our episode we take a look at 5 ways to make your documentary film standout. With the proliferation of cameras, and in turn filmmakers, that are out there – not to mention the increasing need for great content – it’s important to find unique ways that can set your film apart from the sea of others. This segment will help you do just that.



You might be interested in Daniel Raim’s Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass

After listening to the show, you may be interested in taking Daniel Raim’s Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass yourself.  You can use the following link to learn more about how you too can take the class.  And remember to use your coupon code MYDOCLIFE to get the 25 percent discount!

How would you like to have an Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker take you step by step through the scriptwriting and storytelling process?

Instructor Daniel Raim, an Academy Award®-nominated Writer-Director, has created a trilogy of widely acclaimed documentaries including THE MAN ON LINCOLN’S NOSE, SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE and, his most recent work, HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY. In addition, Daniel is a trusted mentor to other filmmakers both in the editing room and classroom setting.


The goal of this course is to help you find clarity and give you a step by step workflow to help you organize all your footage, interviews and ideas into a structured, cohesive and compelling film.

At the core of this course is a unique step by step workflow shared publicly for the first time. The method involves using the latest digital software combined with paper & scissors to go from a rough draft to rough assembly (or rough cut) to finished film.

This course provides an easy-to-follow roadmap for tackling every aspect of conceiving, scripting, shooting, and assembling your documentary. Perhaps most important, this course will show you how to find the heart of the story that is waiting to be told – a story that will emerge as you develop your film.

To help clarify the concepts taught in the course, you’ll have exclusive access to a case study of the making of HAROLD AND LILLIAN, including a step by step tutorial from Daniel on how he built the script from scratch.

Trailer for Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story



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2 comments on “33 – 5 Ways to Make Your Documentary Film Standout + Conversation with Academy Award-Nominated Director, Scriptwriter Daniel Raim

  1. Thank you for sharing Daniel’s story. A delightful interview! The best part is hearing about his A-Z workflow for structuring a documentary. Specifically how to tell a chronological story without boring your audience! Sooooooo important! I’ve been working with Daniel for nearly a year now in the development of his Documentary Scriptwriting Masterclass. He’s full of wisdom, heart and good humor. He’s a wonderful & insightful instructor (and filmmaker!) and I’m proud to have him teaching on Desktop Documentaries!

    • thedocu5 Aug 2, 2017

      Hi Faith,

      The part that really blew me away was the amount of time that the both of you put into the development of the Master Class. I actually had no idea until I’d interviewed him and then took a look at the ins and outs of the course myself. Very extensive. And very very impressive.

      As always, thanks for the kind words, Faith!! Love having you on the show!

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