ENROLLMENT IS NOW CLOSED

The Documentary Academy will re-open in Spring 2019.




YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE A DOCUMENTARY FILM!

 THAT'S REALLY AWESOME.


Making a documentary film is one of the best ways there is to get an important story or message out into the world, but the process of actually make it can feel daunting. 


ARE YOU WONDERING..


#1. How can I explain with passion and clarity what my film is about and my reasons for making it?

#2. How will I secure the money I need, through multi-faceted sources, to make my film? 

#3. How will I construct an articulate and informed film proposal to garner grants and other funding? 

#4. How will I create a realistic and industry-accepted budget for my film?

#5. How will I develop mutually benefical partnerships, sponsorships and support for my film?

#6. How will I find an active and engaged audience and get my film in front of them? 

#7. Will I be able to make money with my film and make a living as a documentary filmmaker?


WE KNOW THIS, BECAUSE WE USED TO ASK THE SAME QUESTIONS.


And now, after everything we have learned - both through producing The Documentary Life podcast and our many years of filmmaking experience - we are going to help you cut through the confusion.


You are going to learn not only how to properly plan and fund your documentary film, but how to make sure it reaches it’s audience.


What You'll Get Inside The Academy

  • 50+ VIDEO TUTORIALS & ACTION WORKSHEETS

    Each module comes with it's own action worksheet to help guide you through every stage of the film funding process

  • INDUSTRY EXPERT GUEST WEBINARS

    When you enroll in The Academy you instantly get access to our archive of industry guest webinars. A goldmine of information!

  • 10+ HOURS OF INFORMATIVE VIDEO CONTENT

    Through visual and audio video tutorials you will learn key concepts, recommendations and strategies for making your film

  • TEMPLATES AND SAMPLE DOCUMENTS

    You will have access to templates, samples and other supportive materials which will support you applying what you've learned

  • COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK

    You will be welcomed into our private community Facebook group where you can request support on any aspects of filmmaking

Once You Complete The Academy You Will Have

Your Film Idea - You will have consciously decided upon your film idea and topic, and considered what your intentions are with your film project. The first step to making your documentary film.


Your Elevator Pitch -  You will have a concise and articulate elevator pitch. This will allow you to talk to anyone at anytime about your film project.


Your Film Proposal -  You will have an comprehensive and articulate industry-standard documentary film proposal. This will allow you to begin to seek funding and other additional support.


Your Film Budget - You will have a detailed and realistic industry-standard documentary film budget. This will give you insight as to how much you need to raise and the ability to begin to do so.


Your Fundraising Strategy - You will have a well-considered funding strategy with which to move forward on garnering funds for your film. No longer will the overwhelming feeling of how to find money for your film hold you back.


The confidence and ability to garner grantfunding for your film  You will have extensive knowledge of where to find granting opportunities, the key recommendations on how to approach completing and submitting your application and have a much stronger opportunity of being successfully awarded.


The confidence and ability to ask for money and support from major gift donors - You will feel confident and sincere garnering donations from wealthy individuals and organizations knowing you are providing them with the opportunity to be part of something valuable and special. 


Your Money Mindset - You will have mastered the money mindset and have a deeper appreciation of the value of money and your attitude towards it. You will have changed your conscious worth, income and your films budget.


Your Distribution Strategy - You will have a well-considered and tailor-made distribution strategy with which to successfully launch your documentary film out into the world. You will confidently reach the goals and objectives you have set out for your films distribution.


An Active And Engaged Audience - You will have identified your niche audience and have built a connection with them, ensuring an active community of support circulates around your film.


Publicity And Promotions For You Film - You will have developed an extensive array of connections, partnerships and resources to ensure your film has the publicity it needs to reach those who need and want to see it.


And Much More - Including strategies for conducting great interviews, shooting amazing B-Roll and behind-the-scenes footage, forming a business entity for your film, conducting crowdfunding campaigns and sourcing a fiscal sponsor and more.


Hi, We're Chris and Stephanie.

We have collectively been working in the television, commercial, narrative and documentary feature film worlds for the past 25 years. We are now exclusively documentary filmmakers, as well as producers of the highly popular documentary filmmaking podcast - The Documentary Life.
Enrollment Is Now Closed
Hi, We're Chris and Stephanie.

What Others Are Saying:

“What an interesting show! Thanks so much for getting all of the inside information on the funding side. I sincerely enjoyed listening. I am a committed fan and I am looking forward to your next show. Thank you so much for your work. It’s benefiting all of us. ”

FROM THE HEART PRODUCTIONS

CAROLE LEE DEAN

“The Documentary Life is one of my favorite podcasts and is an invaluable resource for beginning filmmakers and veterans alike. Making docs can be a long and sometimes lonely road, and this show fosters community, offers practical advice, and provides major inspiration. There’s nothing else like it out there.”

EMMY AWARD-WINNING DOC FILMMAKER

JEFFREY SCHWARZ

“You and Stephanie have created something that will continue to inspire and educate for years to come. I look forward to making the most of this wonderful resource as I continue to grow as a storyteller”

WILDERNESS DOC FILMMAKER

NIC McNAUGHTON

“There are a lot of filmmaker podcasts out there, but The Documentary Life podcast is great because of its focus on documentaries. Documentary is a special type of beast so it's great to have a resource to talk with people who have done it before and are doing it now.”

COMMERCIAL & DOC FILMMAKER

NIC JUSTICE

“I want to thank Chris and Stephanie for pushing me off the ledge and into the film making world. The early podcast (#8 - How to Finish Your Documentary Film) did for me what Chris had intended it to do - deliver a piece of inspiration and confidence for me to get on with making my film and forced me to ask myself - "if not now, when?" I now have a completed feature length film, and can honestly say I am living 'My Documentary Life'”

DOC FILMMAKER

KEVIN SVENKESON

“What you’re doing with The Documentary Life nobody else is doing and it’s an area that needs to be looked at and touched upon. Being a filmmaker is not separate from being a human being in incorporating your whole life in an expression through documentaries. They look at the how-to but they don’t look at the why-to enough, so I applaud you with what you have put together and what you’re looking at because I think it’s vitally important.”

DOC FILMMAKER & AUTHOR

MICHAEL WIESE

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