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7-Day Documentary Crash Course

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Eight-Week Documentary Filmmaking

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KEY FACTS

If you’re passionate about Documentary film and TV, this course will bring that ambition to life by training you in the practical knowledge needed to create an engaging story for the screen.

From conception to final edit, our students go on to create short documentary pieces which showcase their newly acquired technical skill set in creating professional content for the screen.   Ultimately we are hoping to launch the careers of the documentary filmmakers of tomorrow.

Documentary Filmmaking is an intensive eight-week programme in the skills needed to become a confident self-shooter and self-editor. Taught by an industry-professional experienced documentary filmmaker, the programme provides essential training in the use of professional cameras and industry-standard editing software.

Students are given a background in the history of documentary and will review examples of successful documentaries to better understand the marketplace today. Students will research, write, produce and edit their own short film under the guidance of an industry-professional tutor.

Graduates go on to make their own documentaries which have screened on TV and at festivals, or set up their own production companies to create content for clients.  Alumni from our London school include David Bond , the award- winning documentary director, producer and writer who now runs his own award-winning production company, Green Lions. We are also proud to say that our documentaries have gone on to win various accolades including awards at the Barcelona Sports Film festival and Sheffield Doc Fest.

Our partnership YouTube Space @Met Film School also provides valuable resource and network opportunities for those students interested in creating content for online and digital platforms.

RSVP for our General Open Afternoon on Wednesday 28th February 2018 (14:00 – 17:00)

BY THE END OF THE COURSE STUDENTS WILL:

  • Understand the current context of documentary filmmaking by examining the history of the documentary genre, its different forms and the current market.
  • Be able to proficiently operate a digital camera, record sound, light a scene and edit.
  • Know how to research a subject, write a proposal and create a treatment.
  • Be able to consider production issues such as scheduling, location management and legal requirements.

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Start Dates & Prices

  • 17 September 2018 — 09 November 2018 1 space left
  • 23 April 2019 — 16 June 2019
  • 12 August 2019 — 04 October 2019
  • Price

    €4,000

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: Our Documentary Filmmaking course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements. However in order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this please contact   [email protected] .

    Duration: Eight Weeks, Full-Time

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  • Price

    € 4,250

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: Our Documentary Filmmaking course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements. However in order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this please contact   [email protected] .

    Duration: Eight Weeks, Full-Time

    Apply Now

  • Price

    € 4,250

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: Our Documentary Filmmaking course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements. However in order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this please contact   [email protected] .

    Duration: Eight Weeks, Full-Time

    Apply Now


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Austin Film School’s Youth Programs Austin, TXIn existence since 1999 as the Center for Youth Cinema, the Austin Film School offers small classes for ages 10 to 19. Small classes ensure personal attention and encourage group collaboration in all facets of filmmaking, including screenwriting, visualization, developing narrative, and the entire production and postproduction process. Partners with SXSW to offer classes and workshops during the festival.Summer Camps – Half Day: $395, Full Day: $670; Free workshops at SXSW
Austin Film Society’s Film Club Austin, TXThe Austin Film Society’s Film Club afterschool program has been engaging young filmmakers since 2004. Film Club uses digital media literacy as a framework for teaching students how to analyze, explore and produce films, fostering our next generation of moviemakers and film aficionados.Free!
Austin Film Society’s Summer @ Austin Public Austin, TXFor more than two decades, the Austin Film Society has served as the hub of Austin’s vibrant film community. Summer @ Austin Public has offered a unique opportunity for youth to work with local filmmakers and experience the magic of filmmaking at our shiny new facility @ Austin Public, just minutes away from the 51st Street campus! Whether it’s developing a script idea, producing an animation project, or now learning how to produce a TV show, AFS programs provide a fun, nurturing space for exploration and collaboration.$275 – $325
Automatic Studios Movie Arts© CAMPS Brooklyn, NY AUTOMATIC STUDIOS Movie Arts© CAMPS are designed for students who have started 3rd grade by the time they attend. Each camp gives attendees the opportunity to be part of a creative team and experience working on a real movie set! 1-Week Camps $685
Asheville School of Film Youth Summer Filmmaking Experience Asheville, NCThe Youth Summer Filmmaking Experience is a two week intensive summer course ideal for teenagers (13-19 yr old). It will be held in 3 different rotations, Monday to Friday for 2 weeks. Students will gain experience in filmmaking and become exposed to the various career opportunities available in the film industry.2-Week Camps $495
BAVC’s Next Gen San Francisco, CADon’t just consume media. Learn how to tell your own story through audio, video, and design using industry-standard equipment and software in a supportive, collaborative environment. Under the instruction of award-winning filmmakers, coders, and practicing artists and musicians, Next Gen participants, ages 14-18, receive unparalleled technical training in a creative community of peers, along with opportunities for professional growth and direct access to industry professionals. All participants are eligible to receive college credit at San Francisco State University. Best of all, all of BAVC’s youth programs are entirely free of cost (and provide snacks!) for all participants. Free!
BAYCAT Academy San Francisco, CABayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) is a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, empowers and employs young people from historically underserved Bay Area communities in the digital media arts including: video production, music production, animation, graphic and web design. Through project-based learning and access to the latest digital technology, BAYCAT Academy students are able to learn professional media applications while discovering their innate artistic abilities.Free!
Brooklyn Young Filmmakers Center Brooklyn, NYBrooklyn Young Filmmakers is laying the groundwork for the People’s Hollywood Studio, a holistic workforce development and cultural center for low-income teen and adult beginners in the film and entertainment industries, that will also be a store and networking hub for low/no budget filmmakers. Since 2001 BYFC has offered classes, screening series, career seminars, and public forums, while developing its own curriculum and teaching formats. Various
Camp Reel Stories Oakland, CA / Los Angeles, CA / Lincoln, ILCamp Reel Stories believes that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen. Camp Reel Stories is a non-profit organization that empowers 13-18 year old young women with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field. At the Camp Reel Stories summer programs girls get to work in small, collaborative groups, to write, shoot, edit and broadcast their own short films. Camp Reel Stories is the only media program led by professionals in the Media Industry.Session – $550 / Advanced Session – $1200
Cherry Street Films – Teen Summer Filmmaking Camp Seattle, WA / Kirland, WAEvery child has a story to tell and digital storytelling is an excellent opportunity for children to explore themselves, their community and the larger world around them. Cherry Street Films programs cultivate critical thinkers who learn to use their voice to drive creative change in their community. Students who complete our programs learn to build upon the confidence, community awareness and social skills necessary for a successful academic and professional life. At our camp, teens will produce their own original, creative stories! We teach kids the skills and lessons needed to produce a digital short film from start to finish.350
Chicago Filmmakers’ Youth Classes & Summer Camps Chicago, ILChicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and understanding of film and video as media for artistic and personal expression, as well as media of important social and community impact. Classes and summer camps are taught by highly qualified professionals who provide hands-on training for students of all ages and skill levels. We’re proud to offer our youth and teen students the opportunity to learn from successful working artists in their respective fields.$225 – $475
Downtown Community Television Center: PRO-TV Youth Filmmaking Program New York, NYPRO-TV is the largest most honored free media arts training program for youth in New York City. PRO-TV teaching artists mentor students through a rich curriculum of formal workshops and field experience. Students use state-of-the-industry digital production equipment and edit systems, and tour media industry sites.Free!
Denver Film Society’s Young Filmmakers Workshops Denver, CODeveloped for teens aged 12-18, the Denver Film Society’s Young Filmmakers Workshops furnish their participants with opportunities to learn the art of cinema, collaborate with other young filmmakers, refine their work with industry professionals and exhibit their films in public premieres.800
Digital Media Academy VariousAt Digital Media Academy, we encourage and inspire kids and teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers, and engineers. Our STEM camps and academies feature hands-on, project-based learning infused with the latest in VR, film, photo, robotics, and 3D modeling and printing equipment.Various
Educational Video Center New York, NYThe Educational Video Center is a non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, while nurturing their idealism and commitment to social change. While the technology has changed over the past three decades, we’ve stayed true to our core values and mission through our after-school and summer Youth Documentary Workshops; New Media Arts Apprenticeship; Professional Development Programs; and Community Engagement and Dissemination Initiatives.Free!
Filmmakers For Tomorrow Foundation Washington, DCFilmmakers for Tomorrow Foundation (FFTF) is a Washington, DC based (501c3) non-profit organization that provides young aspiring filmmakers with educational and financial resources. FFTF’s mission is to encourage and support diverse artistic and cinematic expression of American life among young filmmakers. Through our grant program and youth-oriented projects, FFTF is developing the next generation of local filmmakers ages 16-25. FFTF also seeks to establish a network of artists, professionals, and educators as mentors to young filmmakers to help sharpen their artistic talents.Free!
Fresh Films VariousFresh Films is a Hollywood film set where teens & college students replace the pros. Each year, Fresh Films travels to select cities, where teams of youth work together, rotating through all film positions – from camera and sound to editing and effects – gaining technical and life skills. The resulting Emmy-quality feature films and TV episodes are released in theatres, at schools, on DVD, online, on TV, at major retailers and internationally with funds from distribution reinvested to support more youth programming. The Fresh Films program is open to teens ages 12-18 of any skill level.Free!
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: The School of Doc Durham, NCThe School of Doc, launched in 2011, is a completely free program (including meals) serving Durham teens who participate in the five-week intensive summer course taught by professional filmmakers. The program is held in Full Frame’s theater and classroom space, where students work as a crew to produce a professional documentary film. Coursework includes all technical elements of the craft: camera, lights, sound, editing, and special effects, as well as pre- and post-production considerations such as rights and clearances, graphics and credits. Each School of Doc student spends time working in each of these areas.Free!
Ghetto Film School Bronx, NY and Los Angeles, CAGhetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning non-profit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers. Based in the South Bronx NYC and MacArthur Park LA, GFS builds a pipeline of diverse, creative talent through two tracks: a pre-professional, narrative filmmaking educational program, and an early career support network for those working in the creative and media industries. Over 1,500 individuals are annually engaged in GFS programs, always free of charge. Free!
iD Tech Camps | Film Courses Campbell, CABring your creative visions to life with a special focus on digital video production! YouTube has over one billion users and creates new possibilities for content and expression every day. Whether it’s vlogs, tutorials, PSAs, or traditional movies, our film production camps give aspiring internet stars the opportunity to use professional products, learn from passionate instructors, and gain valuable industry insights on creating engaging content. Discover the new era of filmmaking in a digital world!Various
International Film Institute of New York – Five Week Summer Intensive New York, NYThe International Film Institute of New York supports aspiring filmmakers as they work toward an education in film. Our Summer Film Intensive focuses on the most important aspect of making movies…Storytelling. The program revolves around the ability for a student to properly translate the written page onto screen. Learning the technical aspects to filmmaking – how to use cameras, lights, and sound – will round out the coursework during the five weeks.4250
International Film Institute of New York – One Week Intro to Filmmaking New York, NYThe International Film Institute of New York supports aspiring filmmakers as they work toward an education in film. Wonder what goes into making a film? Considering film school? Is filmmaking for you? The One-Week Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar is designed as a comprehensive overview of the process of making films, from script through screening. Along with informative classroom sessions, students will have the opportunity to explore the technical side to film with camera, sound and lighting work.795
Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab Pleasantville, NYThe Media Arts Lab is the hub of our education initiatives. We offer classes for kids, teens, and adults in a broad array of courses that utilize our 27,000-square-foot production space and state-of-the art technology, including an animation studio, a fully equipped soundstage, a recording studio, workshop space, a 60-seat screening room, and 16 editing suites. Classes are held after school, in the evening, on weekends, during the summer, and during school vacations. Our popular summer camp extends the fun through the warmer months.Various
LYNX National Arts & Media Camps Denver, COThe LYNX National Arts and Media Camps are summer immersion programs for high school students interested in music and the arts hosted on the University of Colorado Denver campus and sponsored by the CU Denver College of Arts & Media. Students learn from faculty, are mentored by current students and bond with other students who have a shared passion for the art!$600 – $2,100
Made in NY PA Training Program New York, NYThe Made in NY Production Assistant Training Program is designed to: provide unemployed and low-income New York City residents with training and placement into entry-level positions in film and television production; promote diversity within New York City’s entertainment production workforce; provide an additional resource as an incentive for attracting new production to New York.Free!
Maysles Institute’s Teen Producers Academy New York, NYThe Teen Producers Academy is a year-round after school and summer intensive film program where high school students work in small teams to make a short documentary. We are looking for youth who have a story to tell, and want to make moving and honest films about subjects important to you and your communities.Free!
Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project San Diego, CASince 2001, the Media Arts Center San Diego’s Teen Producers Project has been inspiring youth to be more than consumers of media as they become creators of media. Through our programs, hundreds of youth throughout San Diego County and Orange County have learned about filmmaking and digital storytelling and have produced engaging video projects. The project’s mission is to educate youth in media arts & emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication and social change.$270 – $360
Media Enterprise Alliance Oakland, CAMedia Enterprise Alliance (MEA) engages Oakland high school students in media education, leadership, and workforce training. Using video, graphic design, and website production students create content from their unique perspective and gain technical and entrepreneurial skills. While working with media arts professionals to produce informational films for non-profits advocating social justice, and features for television news magazines, student-produced websites, and peer-to-health initiatives, students are exposed first-hand to community problems and become an active part of the solution.Free!
National Geographic Student Expeditions WorldwideOur unique student travel program, National Geographic Student Expeditions, offers high school and middle school students ages 13 and older opportunities to get out into the field and follow in the footsteps of National Geographic’s photographers, writers, and scientists. We invite the next generation of explorers to snorkel with marine biologists in Belize, go on photo shoots in Yellowstone National Park with a National Geographic photographer, help out with a community project in Nepal, and more. It only takes a little digging to find that there is wonder—big and small—all around the world. Come discover it with us.$700 application + additional costs
New York International Children’s Film Festival – Film Camps New York, NYNYICFF teams up with The Good School to offer filmmaking camps during school breaks and the summer for students in grades K-8. Students will team up to form a film crew and perform all of the different roles involved in making an animated short film. They will write a story and explore different styles of animation to create their characters and sets and bring an original tale to life.$650 per week
NJ Film School New Providence, NJFilmmaking is fun and we firmly believe that classes about filmmaking should be fun as well. No lectures here – the best way to learn is by doing. All of our classes are limited to 10 or 12 students and everyone is encouraged to “get their hands dirty.” Screenwriters will write, actors will act, and filmmakers will shoot films using our equipment. We love filmmaking and are eager to help you learn the craft while you bring your own film dreams to life.$180 – $2,100
Old School Films Brooklyn, NYIt’s a simple idea: there are aspiring filmmakers who want to tell stories and there are elderly people with stories to tell. Each filmmaker is paired with an experienced mentor and a senior citizen from the community. Together they make a short documentary about the senior citizen. The filmmakers learn everything from pre-production to post-production using professional cameras and editing equipment. Elderly individuals benefit from an interaction that helps decrease the effects of isolation and detachment while encouraging intergenerational cohesion. The audience enjoys a collection of entertaining, original short films.Free!
Outside the Lens Summer Camps San Diego, CAThe mission of Outside the Lens is to empower youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and their world. Our innovative program engages disconnected youth, encourages them to tell their stories and teaches them that participation in their community’s future makes a difference. We use cameras and digital media along with a proven educational strategy that allows youth to think creatively, engage in issues that are important to them and advocate for social change.$240 – $395
Pacific Arts Movement’s Reel Voices San Diego,CASince 2005, Pacific Arts Movement has empowered local high school students to learn the art of documentary filmmaking through the Reel Voices program. This intense, 8-week summer internship helps students become socially-conscious storytellers, learn Adobe Premiere editing, and experience all stages of production and post-production.Free!
Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Pittsburgh, PAThe Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media provides media literacy education to the region with innovative classes, hands-on workshops, and outreach programs to schools and other community partners. Classes, camps, and workshops are offered in a wide range of media including digital video, filmmaking, photography, animation, and programming. Various
Reel Grrls Seattle, WAReel Grrls empowers young women & gender non-conforming youth from diverse communities to realize their power, talent and influence through media production. Our mission is to support young people to explore, critique and author media through a feminist lens.Non-refundable deposit of $50 + additional costs
Reel Works Brooklyn, NYReel Works is one of the leading digital media educators in the United States. We are the only filmmaking program that matches teens 1:1 with professional filmmaker-mentors to tell their stories and have their voices heard. Free!
re:imagine/ATL Atlanta, GAre:imagine/ATL is empowering the next generation of storytellers by providing them the resources and mentorship they need to pursue careers in film and media. Through our programs we connect teens with professional studios, equipment, and training to create their own original content and secure internships and career options in Georgia’s growing film sector. Programs include monthly workshops and networking events, in-school programming, and a quarterly fellowship. Most programs are free, workshops and in-school programming fees vary.$0 – $500
SOCAPA Art Intensives NYC, LA & Burlington, VTSOCAPA offers arts intensives for teens ages 13-19. Students can attend programs ranging in length from one to three weeks. Filmmakers write, shoot & edit a film a week in our core programs. Filmmakers with more experience can attend for a variety of advanced programs to hone writing, producing or cinematography skills. Films are shared at an all-camp showcase at the end of each week. SOCAPA creates a supportive environment where like-minded students can take artistic risks and create lasting networks with their peers and teachers. Students with or without experience are welcome, the only requirement is a passion for the arts!$1195 – $3995
Seattle Film Institute’s Teen Filmmakers Program Seattle, WAThe Summer Teen Program concentrates on developing skills in film and video production. This intensive two week program culminates with students completing a final project on video. Students will also have the unique opportunity to shoot on film while learning about the special qualities of film and the actual differences between film and video. Students take full responsibility for their projects as they write the scripts, prepare storyboards, and finally shoot and edit the project. $790 – $995
Film Intensive San Francisco, CAThis workshop is offered to any student, from late middle school through college, as well as adults and teachers who wish to learn more about making films. The workshop encapsulates our 9 month winter program for students, including an overview of film history and a full film production, beginning with developing ideas and writing scripts through production and editing. Together students produce 2 films the last days of the workshop. This workshop is especially ideal for students who wish to learn more about how to think about serious film.1000
Film Workshop San Francisco, CAEach year, new students (from late middle school through college) are introduced to the fundamentals of professional filmmaking while returning students refine and deepen their skills. The Workshop acts as producer, helping students to build a portfolio of work that will help them get into film schools and also develop a foundation of skills – looking, seeing, thinking, doing – that will serve them throughout their careers. Students develop develop a technical and aesthetic strategy to for taking a film from inception to production and work together with professional actors to shoot their final films. A majority of students who have been in the workshop at least 2 years enter the college film school of their choice.2000
Youth Filmmakers Camp San Francisco, CASFFILM’s Young Filmmakers Camp is an intensive media-making summer program and an opportunity for teens ages 14–18 to learn from first-class film professionals in a fun, interactive, and collaborative environment. The program is broken up into two two-week segments: the Starter Lab, which is for beginner students looking to learn the basics of filmmaking and enhance their storytelling skills; and the Advanced Lab, which is for students who have some filmmaking knowledge or who have attended previous Young Filmmakers Camp Labs. 1000
Solar Productions Youth Programs New York, NYIn our youth program, children ages 13-18, explore the world of visual arts through a film project. Guided by professionals, they express their ideas creatively and collaboratively; and experience all aspects of the filmmaking process.Various
Spark Media Project Poughkeepsie, NYSpark Media Project provides workshops, programs, and projects that teach critical viewing of media, encourage youth to be creatively engaged in Media Arts, and offer employment and growth opportunities for youth.Various
Spy Hop Salt Lake City, UTSince 1999, Spy Hop has mentored Utah’s young people in the digital media arts as a vehicle for free expression, self-discovery, critical thinking and skilled participation. Our afterschool and community programs in film, audio, design and music production are a model for youth development programs across the nation and Spy Hop is recognized by the White House as a leading nonprofit arts and humanities organization.Free!
Get The Edge Summer Program Lakewood, OHGet the Edge is the St. Edward High School Summer Enrichment Program for boys entering the 7th and 8th grades. The three-week camp offers the best of academics and recreation and is designed to help young men considering St. Edward High School expand their intellectual curiosity in an engaging, team-oriented environment. In the GTE Film course, Campers will get an introductory look at filmmaking while working in teams to write, shoot and/or edit their own short film in St. Ed’s new film production suite.300
Transformative Culture Project Boston, MAThe Transformative Culture Project is an award-winning nonprofit social enterprise using arts and culture as tools for transformation in our society through creative youth development, social entrepreneurship and community building.Free!
Tribeca Film Institute Film Fellows Program New York, NYTribeca Film Fellows® is a year round fellowship program for young filmmakers. The program includes development of a personal creative project, panel discussions, workshops, mentoring by Festival film directors, screenings, and special events. Free!
Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program: Documentary Film Institute Winston-Salem, NCThe Documentary Film Institute is a week-long program designed for high school students to gain an understanding of documentary storytelling as well as some of the fundamentals of video production. Students will learn about various documentary forms, visit local museums and athletic facilities to see how non-fiction storytelling is utilized in the real-world, and create a short film to take with them at the end of the week.2250
Wide Angle Youth Media Baltimore, MDThrough media arts education, Wide Angle Youth Media cultivates and amplifies the voices of Baltimore youth to engage audiences across generational, cultural, and social divides. Our programs inspire creativity and instill confidence in young people, empowering them with skills to navigate school, career, and life.Free!
Women in Film and Video Washington, D.C.The Image Makers Program is WIFV’s community outreach initiative for metro area high school students. It was created in 1997 to teach local youth about film and video production, while also helping deserving nonprofit organizations. Image Makers participants learn how to research, write, produce, direct and edit a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) for broadcast distribution. These PSAs are made for up to three deserving nonprofit organizations each year. Applications are due in early December.Free!
Young Storytellers Foundation Los Angeles, CA Young Storytellers engages creativity through the art of storytelling. Using the timeless techniques of mentoring, collaboration, and performance, we provide public school students with an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life on stage and film. Our mission is to inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice.Free!
The Youth Documentary Academy Colorado Springs, CO / San Francisco, CAFounded by POV alum Tom Shepard, the Youth Documentary Academy (YDA) trains young people how to direct and produce their own documentary films. For seven weeks, students between the ages of 14 and 18 learn all aspects of documentary filmmaking from professional filmmakers, faculty, and guest artists.Free!
Youth FX: Film Experience Albany, NYYouth FX is an intensive hands-on program, based in the City of Albany, that is designed to empower youth aged 14-19 by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and offering a thorough overview of the production process from script to screen. Our primary mission is to work with diverse groups of young people from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities for training and engagement in emerging media technologies. Youth FX develops leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative process of digital filmmaking and media production.Various
Youth Media Sanctuary (The Sanctuary For Independent Media) North Troy, NYYouth Media Sanctuary (YMS) is a community media arts peer-training project, designed to teach multimedia skills to young people in North Troy, NY, and to help develop urgently needed independent local voices in the neighborhood.$1-$350

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As a first time filmmaker, it can be overwhelming to understand everything that goes into making a documentary. We’ve broken it all down into an easy step-by-step process.

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No doubt, making a documentary can be a daunting endeavor. Whether it’s fundraising, idea development, writing a script, choosing gear, figuring out how to sell your film, talent releases or legal issues, every step of the process can seem overwhelming.

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As a documentary producer and publisher of Desktop Documentaries, I see filmmakers making the same painful mistakes over and over again. Many of the mistakes I’ve made myself! Wouldn’t you rather know ahead of time the common pitfalls and how to avoid the most common mistakes involved in making a documentary?

What if there was a simple step-by-step process you could follow – right here, right now – that shows you exactly how to make a documentary from beginning to end?

IMAGINE having a finished film that delights and entertains audiences, empowers people to action, enlightens a new way of thinking, ignites social change and/or makes the world better a better place.

IMAGINE inviting all your friends to the premiere, attending film festivals and seeing your documentary showcased on HBO, PBS or Netflix!

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There’s a TON to learn about making a documentary and you could easily spend the next four years of your life studying every aspect of the process and STILL not know everything.

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The 7-Day Documentary Crash Course is designed specifically to jump-start your documentary project and get you TAKING ACTION as quickly as possible.

Film school is wonderful, but can cost up to $40,000/year.

What this course provides (at a fraction of the cost) is an easy-to-understand blueprint of the documentary filmmaking process and immediate access to the core information you need to get started.

“I found the course to be very inspirational and essential. My documentary is coming around well. Lots of interviews and door knocking still to go and, when it’s done, I credit your course that helped me get started and finished.” ~Martin Munday

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What To Expect With This Course

This is a multi-media course divided into easy bite-size lessons with video examples and graphical elements to further your understanding of each concept. Each day’s lesson comes with an assignment and handy worksheet to help you work through all the important aspects of your documentary.

In addition, you get a variety of other forms and exercises to help you throughout the making of your documentary such as production work sheets and story structure guides.

On top of all that, you’ll have direct one-on-one access to the course instructor via a discussion module inside the course.

The goal for the course is to take the mystery out of the filmmaking process, help you avoid common pitfalls involved in making a documentary and give you the best information possible to help you make a successful film.

This course is not meant to replace film school, but if you decide to attend film school, you will be TEN STEPS ahead of everyone else.

And if you are already in the process of making your documentary, this course will help you clarify exactly how to move forward no matter where you are in the process.

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First-Time Filmmaker Adam Ybarra working through the 7-Day Documentary Crash Course print-outs and worksheets. 

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The 7-Day Documentary Crash Course is regularly updated with the latest documentary filmmaking information and techniques.

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by Andrea LaRosa

“This course has been an absolute life saver for me. It has given me all the skills I didn’t already have in documentary filmmaking, which is completely different from other genres. It really has made my life so much easier and it is well worth the money. Thank you for putting all your hard work out there for us newbies to learn from.”      

“The Bomb-Diggidy!”

by Tommy Red Phipps

“This Documentary Crash Course is the Bomb-Diggidy! I like to think of it as the Documentary Film Course For Dummies. You can literally sign up on day-1, and get everything you need in one learning center to go out into the field and produce your own documentary. Whether your doc will be good or not is completely up to YOU LOL.”

BONUS:
“How To Make Money With Video & Documentaries”


As a free bonus with the 7-Day Crash Course, you get an additional 3-part series on how to make money with video & documentaries.

You’ll get dozens of specific examples how to make money with your video camera, how to find video & documentary jobs, how to monetize web video and all the ways to make money with your documentary. All complete with video samples and real-world case studies.

This series alone could help you generate an extra $1,000, $10,000 or $50,000+! And maybe even help you launch a new career in video/film production.

The free 3-part series will launch as soon as you complete Day 7 of your documentary course.

“Very generous”

by Errol Martens (Canada)

“Your DOC CRASH COURSE has been very helpful. I find it well written, easy to follow, and very generous with all kinds of information for making a documentary from one end to the other. Thank you for creating the course. I am very glad I found it.”


“Absolutely awesome!”

by Asha Mevlana

“I can’t say enough good things about this course. It was exactly what I was looking for and WAY more. I’ve gone to film school so some of the info was a refresher and a lot of it was new. For anyone looking to make a film, this is the perfect resource – comprehensive, organized and the information you will actually need. Would recommend this to anyone looking making a film.”

Love it! Love it!! Love it!!!

by: Ms. Aramide Durand

“Just finished my 7-Day Documentary Crash Course with Faith Fuller. The pathway to Documentary Film making is less daunting, I am certainly a lot more confident and I am actually getting excited about making my documentary.

Taking this course has demystified documentary film making hence I am encouraged to continue on my journey as a doc filmmaker :-)”

Love it! Love it!! Love it!!!

“Brilliant!”

by Laurie Stoneham

“I have a one-word description for this course – brilliant! Thanks so much for making this incredibly rich content, advice and wisdom available.”

Get Instant Access

The 7-Day Documentary Crash Course is an online course that begins immediately after check out.

The 7-Day Crash Course comes with lifetime access so you can move through the material at your own pace and with the option to refer back to the step-by-step instructions during the various stages of making of your documentary.

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Certificate Of Completion

Once you complete the course, you will receive a personalized “Certificate Of Completion”.

This is a high quality digital certificate great for including with your resume or CV, sharing with a professor or even to print/frame for your wall.

With the click of a button, instantly share the certificate to your favorite social page (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc). Fancy!

Certificate Of Completion

Crash Course Guarantee

Your success as a filmmaker is my #1 priority.

If you are just starting out on your first documentary, I wholeheartedly believe the 7-Day Crash Course is the best investment you’ll make in your documentary journey. There’s nothing else like it on the web and it has helped hundreds of other filmmakers navigate the daunting path to making a film.

At any time in the next 30-days working through the material, if you don’t find the course absolutely helpful in the making of your documentary OR…

  • If you don’t find clarity in the next step you should take in your journey…
    OR
  • If you are disatisfied in any way.

…just let us know and your course payment will be refunded. We offer a “100% happiness”, no questions asked, 30-day money back guarantee.

Crash Course Guarantee

Faith Fuller

Publisher, Desktop Documentaries

Hi friend! I’m Faith, chief instigator here at Desktop Documentaries.

So glad you’re here!

I’ve been in the filmmaking/TV/video/communications biz more than 25 years and I created this course to help super cool people like yourself get their documentaries made, seen and sold! I hope you enjoy the course and if you have any questions, please just ask !

Faith Fuller

Get Started On Your Documentary

7-Day Documentary Crash Course + Bonus “Money” Course

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“Motivating”

by Claude Bourgeois

“I have been a cameraman for 31 years with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (French CBC) doing news and all kind of productions. I am retired now, still quite young, so your course is quite motivating to go back to production on my own now.”

“Blown Away”

by Cj Villanueva

“The 7 day course is ideal for anybody serious about making a marketable, professional documentary. I can’t say enough about it. I’m blown away by the format as well as the content. Your course lays out every key element necessary – – in a logical, comprehensive manner, within 7 days. That’s impressive.”

“Interactive, Enjoyable”

by Steve Whitfield

“This was a fantastic short course for me. It was informative, interactive, enjoyable and concise. I have taken an enormous amount of information from it in a short amount of time and feel adequately prepared and excited to start creating my films. I recommend anyone interested in film to do the course. Many thanks Faith and desktop documentaries.”

What are you
waiting for?


Click the enroll button and I’ll see you on the red carpet!

And don’t forget to mention Desktop Documentaries during your Oscar-winning speech. 😉

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