Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass
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Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass

How to Make A Documentary - From Start to Finish by Award Winning Netflix Director
4.1 (461 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,468 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2018
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 13 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will be able to make an award-winning documentary.
  • You will be able to raise money for your project.
  • You will be at a HIGHER level than you were before.
  • You will get UNIQUE and EXCLUSIVE information on how you can make, sell and release your film without a big crew!
  • You have basic or more experience in working with film/video.
  • You want to learn how to make a ground breaking documentary.
  • The course is more useful if you have an idea and know what you want to make. Even if you haven't started yet.

Who is this course NOT for:

You need to have some basic filmmaking knowledge and skills. If you've never made at least a 3-5 minute story and video, this course will be too advanced for you.

Why take this course?

You won’t need a big team, budget, or a fancy diploma for my course. All you need is a story, and I’ll help you turn it into a documentary. This course is a view into my life, and how I make my documentaries. It takes you through the exact steps I took, when I made my award-winning film The Pearl of Africa and I’ll even share my personal lists of grants and festivals I applied for. It’s like a mentorship, with me, for your future film.

What you will get:

  • 42 lectures

  • 5-hours of educational content. 

  • Lifetime access to our online community

  • Lifetime access to all assignments that will take your project to the NEXT level. 

  • A unique insight into the life of a documentary filmmaker.

  • Pure and practical advice that you won't get in a film school or in a book.

  • ALL templates you need to make a documentary (pitch deck, budget, contracts, list of festivals and funders etc).

  • Personal advice  from an award-winning director and producer.

Who am I to teach you? 

Investing in yourself is the most important thing if you want to make a living working with a profession like this. During my 15 years as a professional filmmaker, I've invested in online courses, books, talks and workshops. There's been good ones, but also a lot of bad ones. But the education has really helped me get to where I am today.

Sign up now and don't wait! If you're not happy with the course, I'd be more than happy to refund all your money within 30 days. But I hope that doesn't happen! 

See you on the other side!

Who this course is for:
  • A beginner, mid level or advanced filmmaker who wants to make a documentary.
  • A person who wants to become a professional and make a living on filmmaking.
Course content
Expand all 42 lectures 04:48:11
+ Introduction
2 lectures 09:15
Basic questions to see where you're at!
Basic questions to see where you're at!
4 questions
+ Chapter 2 - Pre Production
11 lectures 01:17:59
Getting started
Writing a Script
Logline and synopsis are some of the most two important things when it comes to making a film or series. Because this is what will attract interest from funders, broadcasters, partners and others if it's good.
Synopsis and Logline
1 question
Working With Subjects
How to Get Funding
List 5 organisations that works towards the same topic as your film will be about. Also list 3 traditional funds that supports your kind of film. Take 30 minutes and do research if you can't mention 5 & 3. If you can, find the right person at the company and read up on them before reaching out.
Map out potential funders
2 questions
Writing A Treatment
What is your message? Why are you making this film? Something to reflect and put on paper!
What is your message?
1 question
Finding Your Story
Creating A Personal Story
Building A Network
Mapping out people who you want to meet and talk to.
Map out your network
2 questions
+ Chapter 3 - Production
11 lectures 01:06:36

To have location agreement, and personal releases cleared is super important. The same goes to having an E&O insurance. Don't be lazy on these things in the beginning of your project, do it right away. There's a risk that channels such as Netflix, HBO and other broadcasters won't take your film if you don't have those releases in place.

Preparing The Shoot
Make A Shot List for the shoot.
Make A Shot List
1 question
Dealing With Fear
Film Without Film School
The Importance of Story
Character analysis - 8 questions.
Are your characters good enough?
8 questions
Recording Audio
Directing Subjects
Ask Yourself These 12 Questions Before Shooting
Ask Yourself These 12 Questions Before Shooting
1 question
+ Chapter 4 - Post Production
5 lectures 01:03:32
Post Production
Editing A Trailer
Analysing trailers
Making a trailer
3 questions
Asking for feedback
Feedback on editing
1 question
Mixing Sound
+ Chapter 5 - Distribution
13 lectures 01:10:49
Research 5 examples of GREAT release campaigns
Research 5 examples of GREAT release campaigns
1 question
10+ questions to find out what your strategy is.
Setting your marketing and content strategy
1 question
Festival VS Online
Standing Out At A Festival
How can you stand out at a festival. Write down 5 ways to be unique, but cost effective.
How can you stand out?
1 question
Marketing Your Film
Identify 100 top global media sites where your audience congregates online. Research sties for engagement stats. Visitors? Members? Subscribers? Find out who has previously written about a similar topic as your film. Collect the contact info for that journalist.
Getting PR and attention
1 question
Self Distribution
Make a list of festivals
Make a list of festivals
1 question
Online Distribution
Festival Premiere
Questions to answer to be prepared of negative feedback and press.
Handling negative press and feedback
1 question
The Future Of Indie Filmmaking
Releasing Your Film
Finding Your Niche
After The Release
If this project is a success, what will we have achieved?
1 question
Sustaining Yourself