This video explains the backstory of how the Project RELO documentary came to be. Dxplore how the main concepts of ideation relate to this process. This is an anecdotal movie that provides context for this project-based course, and we delve into the personal quest to find the perfect film through lots of research, networking, and a little luck.
- I want to tell you how the idea of this film came to be. I knew I wanted to make a documentary and that I wanted to make a series of courses about making that documentary, so my goal was set, but I didn't have the most important part which was what the film would be about. So, I took the approach of reading and listening to, and watching as much as I could to identify potential leads for a shorter story or idea that I could develop further. Specifically, I wanted to find a person or organization that was doing really interesting things that no one else was doing, but who hadn't yet received a lot of exposure.
So, it was roughly in that vein that I was looking for the perfect film. I'd only been at it for a week or so when something literally landed in my lap. I got a LinkedIn In Mail message from a guy named Mike Nuteson who I'd never met. In it, Mike told me that he'd taken a bunch of my LinkedIn Learning filmmaking courses, so he wanted to ask if I could point him towards some resources on making a documentary on the brand new non-profit he co-founded called ProjectRelo. Here's an excerpt from that first message.
"Our mission is to create a network that brings "business executives and veterans together; "we aim to educate corporate America on the value "and character of our vets. "We do this by creating off-road adventures "that bring together veterans and business executives "in unique and challenging settings. "The founders of ProjectRelo feel it would be a great idea "to create a documentary. "Knowing that you teach courses in this area, "do you have any suggestions on how to proceed?" I honestly couldn't believe my luck.
At first blush, this sounded like a tremendous idea for a documentary. It had an interesting premise, it was sure to be full of some very interesting characters between rough and tough military veterans and white collar corporate executives participating in these off-road adventures together. And one of the parts I loved the most is that the non-profit needed the film, and so by making it, it would benefit the organization. Mike left me his phone number in the message and invited me to call or write him back.
To his great surprise, I called him right back and invite him to tell me more about ProjectRelo. And the more I found out from he and his co-founder, Christian Anschuetz, the more I wanted to make a film about the organization. I knew this was a story I wanted to tell, and so I launched the idea into development.
- Developing a documentary idea
- Pitching an idea
- Writing a documentary proposal
- Planning and executing the research
- Conducting research and pre-interviews
- Developing pre-production materials
- Gathering non-production assets