How to Raise $8k Quickly and Bring Scriptwriting Principles to Your Documentary Film

How can you raise a quick $8k in 18 days for your documentary film?  Steph and I recently did this on our doc project, Elvis of Cambodia. We’d like to share a few things that worked well and one thing that we wished we’d done!

How can you bring feature narrative scriptwriting principles to my documentary film? World-renowned documentary storytelling consultant, Karen Everett, of New Doc Editing, has some great ideas on this!


Topics Discussed

  • tips for quickly raising $8k for your documentary film
  • how & why the three-act story structure can work for your documentary film
  • the importance of discovering your protagonist and their need
  • tips for accelerating the post production schedule for your documentary
  • why you should seriously consider a story consultant in both pre and post production


Additional Resources

Watch a documentary editing seminar led by New Doc Editing’s, Karen Everett



To get a better understanding of how a story consultant can help your doc project, head on over to New Doc Editing and discover all that Karen has to offer you!




Download a free copy of Karen Everett’s book on Documentary Editing .





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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

1 Comment

  1. Robert on 11/06/2019 at 4:40 AM

    Awesome podcast Chris, could you do a podcast on motivation for doc filmmakers when they head into a roadblocks, people and people you interview don’t believe in your film especially if you’re starting out on the first doc, important people you need agree to be in your film then leave you hanging and imposter syndrome. Also, you do an interview with someone then come back to the person and they don’t want to sign the release form, should you still put them in the film?

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