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:
- 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.
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.
All documentary stories begin with research, this lecture covers research and designing a story.
A look at the script writing software and the basics to get you started with writing a script.
Before filming can begin you first need to create a schedule, in this lesson you will learn the basics to get your schedule started.
In this section, you will take a look at the camera and equipment you can use to film your documentary.
Take an overview look at a consumer grade camera.
Learn the basics of the Tri-pod.
Learn the basics of a Flycam.
Learn the basics of a Slider.
Overview lighting options.
Setup the camera ready for filming.
A look at the features the camera provides.
Utilise various techniques to help improve filming.
Use filters to help control exposure in the camera, also look at how to increase the lens capabilities with use of addon lenses.
Now is the time to take all the footage filmed and begin to edit it into a sequence.
Import all the footage into the editing program, create a sequence and begin adding clips to a timeline.
Add audio to your edits including music and voice overs.
Add titles to your timeline.
Improve the footage with colour grading.
Once the editing is complete, export it into a movie file.
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.