How to Make a Film to Honour Your Pets

Create a compelling film without the need for industry equipment but using the techniques of documentary filmmakers.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 40 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

From delving into your relationship with your special companion and finding the important story you want to tell, to organizing what you need to tell that story and finally to the key things to remember when putting together your final edit, How to Make a Film to Honour Your Pets will help you create a testament to that relationship that is so important.

The unique part about this course is that it teaches you to create a story with whatever equipment you have access to - even just a cell phone, if that is all you have. We completed this course with non-industry equipment because we want you to see that creating a story is possible regardless of your equipment.

The course is broken into several sections which follow regular filmmaking lines: Pre-production, Production and Post Production. Within each section, you will learn the important parts that change your film from a home movie to a compelling documentary that will be a structure piece from beginning to end.

For anyone who has experienced the special relationship, joy and comfort that a pet can bring, How to Make a Film to Honour Your Pets will help you to utilize the technology available to most everyone (a cell phone will do, if you have no other choice) and teach you how to present your a film; you will learn how having a good story is more important than any technology when it comes to documentary filmmaking.

To succeed in this course, you need access to a computer, the ability to read pdf documents, and it would be helpful to have Microsoft Word to utilize the templates, however you can create your own using whatever technology you have access to. Templates come in both pdf and doc format for you to make that choice.

As well, you will require editing software. We give some choices of both free and consumer software to use. The choice is yours but the film cannot be completed without a non-linear editing program.

Both Simon and myself, Stephanie, have experienced the loss of one of our special friends and we both have a great deal of passion about bringing you this information to help you capture that special relationship before you no longer can.

What are the requirements?

  • Some type of video recording device, a cell phone will do
  • Some type of non-linear editing software, freeware or paid will do

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand and create a compelling documentary story
  • Utilize the documentary filmmakers tools for pre-production
  • Utilize the documentary filmmakers tools for post production
  • Create a final film to share with whom you choose

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to capture their special relationship in a compelling film

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

A brief introduction to the information in "How to Make a Film to Honour Your Pets".

Section 2: Pre-Production

A brief introduction to the lessons in Pre-Production and a comparison between narration and documentary story telling.


"Finding the Story" is THE most important part of this entire course. As we stated, anyone can make a film but not everyone can make a great film. The reason you can make a great film with non-industry equipment is because you've understood how to present a story. In "Finding the Story" we give you the tools to find the story you want to tell about your special companion.

In the zip file attached to this lesson includes the following files:

The questionnaires -garfield, -ralph, -roxy, and -seamus, are for you to review while watching the lesson. Questionnaire.pdf is a blank, fillable pdf for you to use to find the story for your pet.


"Realization and Planning" gives you an understanding of how to organize yourself to capture the story you've decided to tell. It describes how to start the organization process and ending with creating a sequence list and shooting script for your film.

The zip file attached to this lesson includes the following files:
Shooting Script for David and Seamus.pdf
Sequence list David and Seamus.pdf

Section 3: Production

A look at the basic equipment we used to create our film David and Seamus plus all the footage in this course. The final film, David and Seamus, is presented in the wrap portion of this course.


"Filming for Editing and Production Techniques" gives simple things to remember when filming to keep yourself organized and provides examples of different kinds of shots to capture the visuals for your film. It leads you up to the night before filming with creating your final checklist and schedule.

The zip file attached to this lesson includes the following files:

Section 4: Post Production

Welcome to post production! Starts you off by giving some examples of non-linear editing tools.

Important to keep in mind that this course is not a course about how to use your chosen editing tool. There are many courses available, some on Udemy, on how to use the different software applications. We will be instructing the important concepts to continue to maintain to ensure your have the best film possible.


Provides you with an understanding on how to maintain that careful organization throughout the editing process. It teaches you how to become familiar with your material and, most importantly, how to create a paper edit to work from.

The zip file attached to this lesson includes the following files:
PaperEdit David and Seamus.pdf


Provides an understanding and key points to consider when creating titles and credits.


The audio of your film is just as important as the visuals. "Music and Sound" gives you the fundementals in polishing your audio tracks and utilizing music, especially if you want to share it on a public forum such as YouTube.


Describes the final audio mix process and the reasons for colour correction, with examples.

Section 5: Wrap

Congratulations! Thank you for letting us bring this information into your home. Our special companions are worth every moment.


One final interpretation of the David and Seamus footage, a completed documentary example: "David and Seamus" by Simon Robinson.

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Instructor Biography

Stephanie Powers, Documentary Filmmaker

Stephanie started her film career twenty-five years ago producing a local special interest show, "GP Cops" for her small, prairie hometown. Moving to attend film school and then working as production manager for over five hundred films plus teaching at an international film school, Stephanie finally left the industry to start VIDEOVITA. With VIDEOVITA, Stephanie provides personal instruction and a documentary service for people who want to capture their special relationships and life stories.

Instructor Biography

Simon Robinson, Educator and Museum Professional. Partner at VIDEOVITA

Simon Robinson is a graduate of Chelsea School of Art in London, UK. His career in education has involved the international creation of museums and museum exhibitions as well as the creation of online learning tools such as an online resource for the revitalization of Indigenous languages. He is the creator of Pirates of Nassau, an interactive museum of piracy in the Bahamas and recently served as the Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

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