Documentary Filmmaking with Soul
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Documentary Filmmaking with Soul

How to Create a Modern, Cinematic, Story-Driven Documentary from Start to Finish
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4.5 (440 ratings)
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1,936 students enrolled
Created by Dandan Liu
Last updated 6/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Plan, shoot, and edit a strong, cinematic documentary with deep storytelling roots.
  • Conduct powerful, story-driven interviews.
  • Cultivate your ability to see, listen, and feel your way into your stories, so every decision is intentional.
  • Compose and light for cinematic images.
  • Use audio recording equipment to get high quality sound.
  • Use Adobe Premiere pro to edit and refine their footage.
  • Develop an eye for location scouting.
  • Develop the "Shooting for the Edit" mindset.
  • Approach doc filmmaking as a craft.
Requirements
  • A dSLR camera, an Adobe Premiere Pro free trial, a tripod, and basic audio recording equipment.
Description

It's time documentaries get a fresh lift. Typically, they are taught with outdated methods which stem from the 90's, with boring talking heads and bad imagery. This class, instead, teaches you how to make modern, cinematic, and story-driven character docs that engage viewers both visually and emotionally.

This class will cover the whole doc making lifecycle, covering how to plan, how to shoot, and how to edit. Part travelogue, part course, all of these lessons are designed to be applicable and get straight-to-the-point. Showing behind-the-scenes footage, they bring you along Dandan's journey of making her beautiful short doc in Tokyo about a female boxer.

All of the lessons are designed to be applicable, get straight-to-the-point, and use minimal equipment.

By the end of this course, you will have all the knowledge and a complete roadmap needed to make your first documentary short. 

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to make a story-driven, cinematic, and engaging documentary.
  • No previous experience necessary.
Course content
Expand all 51 lectures 01:48:16
+ Preproduction
50 lectures 01:46:25
What Makes a Good Subject?
01:57
Preinterview
01:46
Preobservations
01:16
Location Scouting
02:33
Shot List
02:30
Scheduling
01:19
Preproduction Recap
00:48
Intro to Audio
01:11
Audio Equipment
02:06
Recording Space
01:19
Essential Audio Tricks
01:39
Interview Ground Rules
01:32
Interview Tips
05:38
Intro to Cinematography
01:27
Tripod
00:53
Composition
01:54
Intro to Exposure
01:15
Exposure 5 Step Method
01:50
Aputure
02:58
ISO
01:13
ND Filters
00:52
Exposure Recap
00:29
Shooting
00:22
Production Recap
04:16
Intro to Editing
00:24
Transferring Files
01:44
Writing a Transcript
00:41
Editing Case Study
00:44
The Premiere Pro Interface
01:09
Importing Footage
03:21
Setting Up A Sequence
01:02
Placing Clips on Timeline
02:07
Syncing Audio with Video
01:42
Making Cuts
03:31
Adding B Roll
06:08
Adding Music Magic to Video
04:19
Cutting Music
03:54
Adding Transitions
04:19
Leveling Your Audio
04:07
Export
01:49
Bonus: Ken Burns Effect
02:49
Bonus: Adding Titles
02:17
Bonus: Warp Stabilizer
01:43
Course Conclusion
00:57