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
Price: $20
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  • 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.
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  • Camera, tripod, computer etc

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
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
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.


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.

Preview 02:58

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

Learn the basics of the Tri-pod.


Learn the basics of a Flycam.


Learn the basics of a Slider.


Overview lighting options.


Overview microphones


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

A look at the features the camera provides.

Camera Features

Utilise various techniques to help improve filming.

Camera Techniques

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

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

Add audio to your edits including music and voice overs.

Working with Audio

Add titles to your timeline.

Adding Titles

Improve the footage with colour grading.

Colour Grading

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

Exporting Film

About the Instructor
Kane Hamilton
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2,569 Students
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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.