We have curated content on documentary filmmaking topics ranging from development to distribution (and beyond!).
Scroll down the page and discover how to move your project forward, no matter what stage in the process you may be.
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Before You Begin
Something to start you off on the right foot
Your Documentary Film Proposal
We believe if you think of filmmaking as your business (even if making money isn't your primary goal) you'll be more successful. And what business doesn't have a business plan?
Film Story and Script
• Screenwriting Course (Coming Oct 2019)
Two titans of fundraising insight Morrie Warshawski (Shaking the Money Tree) and Carole Lee Dean (The Art of Film Funding).
One of the best and most lucrative ways to find your documentary film. Have you considered running a campaign?
If you'd like to make the option of a tax-deductible donation available to your donors then you'll want to check this out.
Other Film Funding
Directing and Style
There are numerous options for how you may choose to shoot your documentary film. Let's take a look.
Mobile Phone Filmmaking
iPhone filmmaking is something that we're hearing more and more about these days. Could it be an option for your film?
For numerous reasons you may decide to make your documentary film alone. Here are some tips on how to do just that.
Some of the more unusual or dangerous ways to make a documentary film.
Sound and Score
Will you edit your own film or hire someone to do it for you? Either way, knowledge is power.
Promotions and Marketing
Connecting With Your Audience
Your audience building and engagement starts now! Wherever you are in the filmmaking process you need to be connecting with your people.
• Film Funding and Distribution w/ Big Sonia Filmmakers (includes film promo)
Having your film show at festivals can be an advantageous part of your distribution and launch strategy.
We independent documentary filmmakers are being more and more empowered and relying less and less on outdated forms of distribution.
Opening Up The Possibilites
We love a healthy dose of inspiration and that is exactly what we got when we spoke to these awesome humans/filmmakers.
• Inspiration (Only our 2nd podcast episode ever)
Living A Documentary Life
Full-Time Doc Filmmaker
Hear from those who make their living from making documentary films.
Documentary Film Organizations and Community
A Whole Range of Topics
We've covered legal considerations, being on the 'other side' of the camera, travel equipment recommendations and much more. Find a collection of those here.