How to Film a Budget Documentary
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How to Film a Budget Documentary

Learn the basics you will need to create a documentary on a tight budget
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11 students enrolled
Created by Kane Hamilton
Last updated 8/2016
English
Price: $20
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
What Will I Learn?
  • Have the basic knowledge to produce your own Documentary, and to identify key equipment and techniques.
View Curriculum
Requirements
  • Camera, tripod, computer etc
Description

Making films are an exciting, but yet demanding undertaking, Documentaries are no exception. many topics translate into a compelling and entertaining story, but before you can go out and make your documentary, do you have the right equipment or the money to make it possible? We all know films can be expensive, but you can make a film with next to no budget and simple equipment.

By using a simple consumer camera and cheap equipment, utilising software that can be obtained free online. you too can make a documentary.

This course is about Learning the basics of how to create a Documentary, but without spending all of your money, this course covers topics from pre-production through to post-production and include:

- Research

- Scripts

- Schedules

- Camera and equipment

- Filming techniques

- And, Editing

This hour long course is designed to give the student the basic skills that they can then build upon as they venture into the creative world of documentary film-making.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone new to filmmaking and documentaries.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the course
1 Lecture 01:51

Welcome to "How to create a budget Documentary" this introduction outlines what the course will cover.

Preview 01:51
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Section 2: Pre-Production
5 Lectures 10:58

In this section we will cover the pre-production stage, this will include researching your story topic and start building a story through script writing, then take the script and create schedule for filming.

Preview 00:51

All documentary stories begin with research, this lecture covers research and designing a story.

Research
01:36

A look at the script writing software and the basics to get you started with writing a script.

Scripts
04:54

Before filming can begin you first need to create a schedule, in this lesson you will learn the basics to get your schedule started.

Preview 02:58

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Section 3: Camera and Equipment
8 Lectures 17:38

In this section, you will take a look at the camera and equipment you can use to film your documentary.

Preview 02:07

Take an overview look at a consumer grade camera.

Camera overview
03:05

Learn the basics of the Tri-pod.

Tripod
03:34

Learn the basics of a Flycam.

Flycam
03:13

Learn the basics of a Slider.

Slider
02:00

Overview lighting options.

Lights
01:12

Overview microphones

Microphone
01:45

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Section 4: Production
6 Lectures 13:52

In this lesson you will begin to film the footage for your documentary.

Preview 00:46

Setup the camera ready for filming.

Setup and Operate a Video Camera
02:12

A look at the features the camera provides.

Camera Features
03:13

Utilise various techniques to help improve filming.

Camera Techniques
04:33

Use filters to help control exposure in the camera, also look at how to increase the lens capabilities with use of addon lenses.

Filters and Lenses
02:25

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Section 5: Post Production
7 Lectures 09:05

Now is the time to take all the footage filmed and begin to edit it into a sequence.

Preview 00:56

Import all the footage into the editing program, create a sequence and begin adding clips to a timeline.

Importing footage and creating a Sequence
01:49

Add audio to your edits including music and voice overs.

Working with Audio
01:36

Add titles to your timeline.

Adding Titles
01:03

Improve the footage with colour grading.

Colour Grading
01:21

Once the editing is complete, export it into a movie file.

Exporting Film
01:31

About the Instructor
Kane Hamilton
4.1 Average rating
39 Reviews
2,569 Students
3 Courses
Filmmaker, Teacher, designer

As a passionate filmmaker for fifteen years, I've enjoyed working on a variation of projects, ranging from short films, Tv productions, Documentaries and Special effects projects.

I also spent eleven of those teaching the skill s that I had developed to TAFE students, the subjects that I taught were 3d Animation and Special effects, Video Production and project management.

Other activities I enjoy are design work with the use of CAD software. My past jobs include 3d design of motorcycles for BRAAAP motorcycles.

I'm looking forward to sharing my skills and past experience with a new frontier of students, and help them to develop their own skills.