WELCOME TO THE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING COURSE

 

Do you want to make the best documentary film you can? For yourself, your audience and your community? 

Do you want to dive much more deeply into the all-important documentary film element:  the documentary interview?

Do you want to have a clearer understanding of how & why all of your behind-the-scenes footage can be most effectively used in your social media strategy, film extras, and your press kits?

Do you want to make your film goals achievable with the resources you have now, even if you're a one wo/man band?

Do you want to know how to produce a documentary overseas, even if you've never worked abroad before?


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


You are going to make the best documentary film of your life and we're going to help you do it.

WE BUILT THIS COURSE FOR YOU


Hi Doc Filmmaker!

We're Chris G. 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 three reasons:


Reason #1.  We have spent many years conducting & filming over 100+ interviews and wanted to share some of the most critical tips & recommendations on how to conduct that most critical element of the doc film: the documentary interview!

Reason #2. Over the past 30+ combined years of our filmmaking experience we have worked and lived for long periods overseas - in North & South America, Europe, Asia and Australia - and this has allowed us to develop substantial skills, tips and techniques to ensure we make the most out of trips, safely, securely, creatively, all along while having unforgettable experiences throughout the world. We want the same for you and will guide you to help make that happen.

Reason #3.  We recognize the (often overlooked!) importance of visually telling the story of your documentary with the carefully constructed use of effective & compelling b-roll. And we also realize the importance of shooting and employing BTS footage for your social media campaigns, film extras, crowdfunding & marketing campaigns.

  

We truly built this course for you!

We built this course in order to help you produce some of the most essential (but often overlooked) aspects of your film - the all-important documentary interview, powerful b-roll, the critical elements of your promotional materials (including behind-the-scenes footage) - and support you in wherever you might find yourself filming in the world.    

We are going to help you make your best documentary film - whatever it's about, whatever resources you have and wherever it's being shot.
 

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE

WHAT YOU WILL HAVE MASTERED

  • You will have a stronger understanding of the role of your interviewee, what to consider when interviewing them and a more conscious and consistent visual style for your interviews

  • You will have a much clearer idea of why you should shoot behind-the-scenes footage and stills, where you will use this much needed content and how you will achieve it - even if you are a one-man band!

  • You will have a comprehensive list of the b-roll shots you wish to achieve - whether representative or counterpoint to your audio - which will make your documentary film a much more cinematic experience

  • You will have completed an essential list of tasks when filming your documentary film abroad which include the necessary preparation before your trip and what to plan for whilst you are there. You'll also have a greater understanding of how to ease back into 'normal' life upon your return home

THE COURSE CURRICULUM

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • 01
    Welcome to Documentary Filmmaking
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    • Welcome From Your Instructor
    • Course Overview and Aims
  • 02
    Module #1: The Interview
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    • 1.0 - Conducting The Interview
    • 1.1 - Lesson Recap
    • 1.2 - Conducting The Interview Action Worksheet
  • 03
    Module #2: Your Film B-roll
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    • 2.0 - Shooting B-roll
    • 2.1 - Lesson Recap
    • 2.2 - Shooting B-roll Action Worksheet
  • 04
    Module #3: Behind-The-Scenes (BTS) Of Your Film
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    • 3.0 - Shooting Behind-The-Scenes
    • 3.1 - Lesson Recap
    • 3.2 - Behind-The-Scenes Action Worksheet
  • 05
    Module #4: Filming Abroad
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    • 4.1 - What To Consider When Filming Abroad Pt.1
    • 4.2 - What To Consider When Filming Abroad Pt.2
    • 4.3 - Lesson Recap
    • 4.4 - Resources
    • 4.5 - Filming Abroad Action Worksheet
  • 06
    And Finally...
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    • Supportive Resources
    • Before you go
  • 07
    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

MAKING AN AWESOME FILM IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK. WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW.

ENROLL NOW

WHAT YOU'LL GET WITH THIS COURSE

GREAT CONTENT. ANYTIME ACCESS. NO RISK.

  • 5 VIDEO TUTORIALS & ACTION WORKSHEETS

    Each module comes with it's own action worksheet to help guide you through various stages of making your documentary film

  • 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 Steph 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

“I just wanted to reach out and let you know what a great job you are doing. It's so important for us to share the lessons we've learned over the years with filmmakers at the beginning of their journey.”

DOC FILMMAKER

JEFFREY SCHWARZ

THE MAKING YOUR DOCUMENTARY FILM COURSE

WE WILL HELP YOU MAKE THE BEST POSSIBLE FILM YOU CAN

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