WELCOME TO THE DOCUMENTARY FILM FOUNDATION COURSE

Do you have clarity on your film idea, topic and the impact you intend your documentary film to make?

Do you struggle to explain or describe your film to others? Unsure of what to say to pique and hold their interest?

Do you appreciate the value of a documentary film proposal, but have no idea how to write an exceptional one?

Do you understand the importance of generating a film budget, but struggle to get one in order?

Do you want to give your film the best chance of being made, funded and distributed successfully?


You will be able to achieve all these objectives and more once you complete this focused, actionable, self-paced course.


You are going to give your documentary film an amazing foundation and greatest chance for success and we are going to help you do it.

WE BUILT THIS COURSE FOR YOU


Hi Doc Filmmaker!

We're Christopher Parkhurst and Stephanie Vincenti (partners in life & in business). 

We have collectively been working in the television, commercial, narrative and documentary feature film worlds for the past 30 years. 

We are now exclusively documentary filmmakers, as well as producers of the highly popular documentary filmmaking podcast - The Documentary Life

We built this course for two reasons:

Reason #1. Throughout the 30+ years of our careers we have had many experiences and learned many a lesson whilst we've worked on our own and other people's film projects - some good and others not so much. One of the key takeaways is the necessity for us to build a strong foundation for our projects. We have taken what we have learned and shaped it into this course, which will help guide the success and efficiency you will experience throughout your whole filmmaking process.


Reason #2. It is incredibly easy when you have an awesome idea for a documentary project to jump in with both feet. However, experience has taught us that careful consideration and following a strategic path and lifecycle with our films is a much more constructive and ultimately, less intimidating experience. We want the same for you and will help guide you to that throughout this course.


We truly built this course for you, so you can feel empowered and prepared for whatever comes your way, by setting a firm foundation for your documentary film.

  


GET YOUR FILM OFF TO THE BEST START TODAY!

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ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE

WHAT YOU WILL HAVE MASTERED

  • You will have a much more considered approach to your film idea and a clear intention for your project

  • You will be able to easily and articulately explain what you are making and discuss your film with others

  • You will have a comprehensive and carefully constructed documentary film proposal with which to garner funds for your film

  • You will have access to a detailed and realistic documentary film budget which you will have at your disposal to utilize and share wherever necessary

THE COURSE CURRICULUM

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • 01
    Welcome to the Documentary Academy Film Foundation
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    • Welcome From Your Instructor
    • Course Overview And Aims
  • 02
    Module #1: Planning For Your Film's Success
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    • 1.0 - Why we plan and what we'll cover
    • 1.1 - Lesson Recap
  • 03
    Module #2: Your Documentary Film Idea
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    • 2.0 - Choosing Your Documentary Film Idea
    • 2.1 - Lesson Recap
    • 2.2 - Documentary Film Idea Action Worksheet
  • 04
    Module #3: Your Film Elevator Pitch
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    • 3.0 - Crafting Your Elevator Pitch
    • 3.1 - Lesson Recap
    • 3.2 - Elevator Pitch Action Worksheet
  • 05
    Module #4: Your Documentary Proposal
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    • 4.0 - What Is It And Why Have One?
    • 4.1 - What To Include In Your Proposal
    • 4.2 - Tips And Considerations
    • 4.4 - Lesson Recap
    • 4.5 - The Documentary Core Application Checklist
    • 4.6 - Documentary Film Proposal Content Breakdown
    • 4.7 - Documentary Film Proposal Title Page Samples
    • 4.8 - Documentary Film Proposal Action Worksheet
  • 06
    Module #5: Your Budget (Unlocked Oct 24th, 2018)
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    • 5.0 - Constructing Your Film Budget
    • 5.1 - Lesson Recap
    • 5.2 - Budget Action Worksheet
  • 07
    Module #6: Your Documentary Film LLC
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    • 6.0 - Setting Up Your LLC
    • 6.1 Lesson Recap
    • 6.2 - Resources
    • 6.3 - LLC Action Worksheet
  • 08
    And Finally...
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    • Supportive Resources
    • Before You Go
  • 09
    Bonus: Webinar Archive
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    • Editing Your Doc Film w/ Paddy Bird (Webinar)
    • Funding Your Doc Film w/ Morrie Warshawski (Webinar)
    • Selling Stock Footage w/ Pat McGowan (Webinar)
    • Legal Do's & Don'ts w/ Gordon Firemark (Webinar)
    • Exclusive Discounts & Resources

EMPOWER YOURSELF BY SETTING YOUR FILM FOUNDATION. IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK. WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW

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WHAT YOU'LL GET WITH THIS COURSE

GREAT CONTENT. ANYTIME ACCESS. NO RISK.

  • 10+ 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 GUEST WEBINARS

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

  • COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND FEEDBACK

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

  • EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS AND RESOURCE ACCESS

    In The Academy you are part of our community and will receive discounted access to our workshops, events and coaching

  • LIFETIME ACCESS TO COURSE CONTENT

    You will be granted access immediately upon joining and will have lifetime access so you can fully utilize the course at any time

  • NO QUESTIONS ASKED MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

    We want you to have the best learning experience for you. Simply contact us within 30 days and you'll receive a full refund

PRAISE FOR THE DOCUMENTARY LIFE

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

“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

“Loaded with insight, information, and inspiration for thousands of like-minded creators around the world”

FILMMAKER

TRISTAN RUARK

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