Who was this class made for?
Anyone who has an interest in documentary filmmaking! This is an introductory level course, and no prior knowledge of filmmaking is required. It is self-guided, so you can take your time and walk through each of the elemental steps that you need to know in order to make your first documentary. This course will guide each student through the creation of their own documentary, and was designed to either work for one individual student or for an entire class of students
I'm a teacher. How could I use this course in my classroom?
I would be so honored to have this program taught in your classroom! I will work with you and your school to provide a heavily discounted rate, allowing all of your students to gain access to the program within your budget. Each of your students will receive their own access code so that they will be able to work through the materials on their own computer or device. I wanted to ensure that the course could be completed even for schools or parents who are adapting to remote learning. As the teacher, you can set the pace for your students to work through the lectures and course materials. I recommend spacing it out over one month, but the course is adaptable and entirely self-paced. The activities that are laid out (for example: complete 2 interviews) will require time and coordination on the part of your and your students. When I've taught this course in classrooms before, each student creates their own short documentary, so I'm confident that we can accomplish that same goal through the online course format.
What if I've already made my first documentary?
If you've already made some films, there is information in the course that you likely already know - this is an introductory level course. However, I think it is always valuable to hear from another filmmaker about their own process - it is how I have learned most of what I know.
Can I get refunded if I don't feel that the course was worth my time and money?
Absolutely! There is a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. No hard feelings. Just email me at [email protected]
Are the video lessons live, or pre-recorded?
The video lessons are all prerecorded. I modeled the lectures off of a five-part documentary unit that I have taught many times over the years. By prerecording and editing each lesson, I was able to include footage from my own films to demonstrate many of the points that I discuss. I am available via email to any student to answer any question that you may have. If you are more interested in a live call, please check out my Coaching feature on this site!
What if I want to learn about documentaries, but don't have the time to make a film right now?
The course is a great place to start your filmmaking journey, even if you aren't currently seeking to make a film. You can still watch the lectures, read the materials, and ask me any questions that you may have. And the license lasts for a full year, so you can revisit the material anytime that you'd like and then be ready to make your first film when your schedule permits and the right story presents itself to you!
What if I'm interested but can't afford this course?
Please reach out to me at [email protected] I will be happily provide you with access to the course for whatever you can afford. My primary goal is to make filmmaking more accessible to anyone who is interested in learning about it.