Review the place that this course falls in this documentary filmmaking series. Discover other courses that might be useful, including Creating a Short Film: Producing with Chad Perkins; Video Pre-Production for Low Budget Films with Eduardo Angel; Video Budgeting with Walter Biscardi; Budgeting Video Projects with Richard Harrington; and Introduction to Documentary Storytelling with Ashley Kennedy.
- I hope you've found this course on pre-production and planning helpful and informative in exploring the first phase of the documentary filmmaking process. Now, as I've mentioned, this is only the beginning. Be sure to check out the sister courses, Documentary Video: Production and Documentary Video: Editing and Post, where we follow the rest of the Project RELO filmmaking process. If you're interested in finding out more about pre-production and producing in general, there are several courses in the library that you may want to check out.
There's Creating a Short Film: Producing by Chad Perkins, Video Pre-Production for Low-Budget Films by Eduardo Angel. And if you want to learn more about budgeting, which this course didn't cover, there are a few courses you can explore: Video Budgeting by Walter Biscardi and Budgeting Video Projects by Richard Harrington. And if you're interested in finding out more about documentary storytelling, which can help you explore some tried and true ways to tell nonfiction stories, then please check out my course, Introduction to Documentary Storytelling.
A few final notes on pre-production. In this course, I've laid out a lot of different ideas and suggestions to help you get your documentary off on the right foot. And while you may not be in a position to follow every suggestion, just be sure to dive into your own film's workflow and devote plenty of time upfront to plan things out right. Pre-production is by far the least expensive time of the filmmaking process to account for and correct issues. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." So do your part in making sure your film is set up for success.
Okay, with that, feel free to check out the finished documentary next. Even though this course doesn't cover production or editing, it'll give you the chance to see what we're working towards.
- 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