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Make Your Documentary

The Ultimate Documentary Film Course

Whether you’re a beginner making your first short, a photographer or journalist venturing into video, or a videographer looking to make documentaries, this course is for you.

Make your documentary from start to finish whether it's a short, feature film or series

Build your connections, crew and confidence through our online community

Master storytelling with our full module on how to tell compelling stories

Achieve more with less using agile kit, small crews and smart

digital workflows

Advance your skills and day rate so you can earn a living making films you love

Learn at your own pace with lifetime membership so you can keep coming back

LEARN HOW TO MAKE DOCUMENTARIES

Meet your mentor

Created by award-winning director and cinematographer Sebastian Solberg, Next Generation Filmmaker combines everything Seb has learned over the last ten years of his career with extensive additional research into the latest digital technology and documentary techniques.

WHAT'S INSIDE

THE FULL CURRICULUM

MODULE 1

STORYTELLING

>    Intro To Storytelling

>    Finding Your Idea

>    Choosing Your Narration Style

>    Visual Storytelling Techniques

>    Character Arc

>    Three Act Structure

>    Balancing Storytelling With Truth

>    Writing Interview Questions

>    Quiz: Story

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MODULE 2

PRODUCING

>    Intro To Producing

>    How To Put Together A Film Crew

>    How To Create A Treatment

>    How To Put Together A Schedule

>    How To Create A Budget

>    How To Fund Your Project

>    How To Create A Production Binder

>    How To Create A Call Sheet

>    Quiz: Producing

MODULE 3

CAMERA BASICS

>    Intro To Camera Basics

>    Camera Resolution

>    Frame Rates

>    Aspect Ratio

>    Picture Style

>    White Balance

>    Exposure

>    Depth Of Field & Focal Length

>    Quiz: Camera Basics

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MODULE 4

DIRECTING & FILMING

>    Intro To Filming

>    Composition

>    Camera Angles

>    Camera Movement

>    Cinematic Gimbal Movements

>    Essential Drone Movements

>    Cinematic Slider Movements

>    How To Film Slow Motion

>    How To Film An Interview

>    Keeping Your Subject In Focus

>    Shooting Timelapses

>    Natural Lighting

>    How To Record Sound On Location

>    Quiz:  Directing & Filming

MODULE 5

EDITING

>    Intro To Editing

>    Keyboard Shortcuts

>    DIT: Importing & Backing Up Footage

>    Transcribing Your Footage

>    Writing A Paper Edit

>    Editing Your Film - Part 1

>    Editing Your Film - Part 2

>    Recording & Using Voice Over

>    Sound Design

>    Colour Grading

>    Composer vs. Royalty Free Music

>    Quiz: Editing

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MODULE 6

MARKETING

>    Intro To Marketing

>    Press Kit & Making A Movie Poster

>    Creating A Website

>    Tips To Successful Social Media Marketing

>    Quiz: Marketing

MODULE 7

BUSINESS

>    Intro To Business

>    How To Sell Your Film

>    How To Make A Living As A Filmmaker

>    Quiz: Business

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YOU'LL ALSO GET...

  • Red Giant

    Get 50% off all Red Giant software.

  • Noun Project

    Get 50% off their yearly membership.

  • Starchive

    Get 6 months free of Starchive subscription on any of their tiers.

  • Mister Horse

    You can get 30% off all Mister Horse plugins.

  • Film Convert

    30% off Film Convert plugins

  • Hedge

    15% off Hedge Software

  • Syrp

    10% off Syrp camera sliders (UK only)

  • Screenflow

    10% off Screenflow software

  • Artlist

    2 months free Artlist music subscription

  • Soundstripe

    10% off Soundstripe music subscription

  • Exclusive Community

    A private Online community of like minded filmmakers

  • Free Downloads

    LUTs, Presets, Practice Footage, etc.

exclusive discounts on filmmaking software, gear and music.

Jump-start Your Documentary Today

Natalia Fricker

"Life-changing. Seb gave me the confidence to make my film, and the motivation to keep going. The modules being in bite-size chunks means I can dip in and out alongside my full-time job."

Henry Donald

“More detail than my film degree, summed up better, taught in a more engaging way, for a fraction of the cost. The story section gave me so many light bulb moments of things I hadn't grasped at uni."

Erin Wallace

"Learning from Seb's experience and feedback is worth more than any price tag. I can relate it to my work, take on more responsibility, and grow in an industry I'm truly passionate about."

WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS SAY?

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Risk Free.

Money Back Guarantee.

We want to add as much value to you as possible, to help save you time and money when making your documentary. But if you don’t feel we’re doing that for you, then we respect that and are happy to give you your money back within 30 days of purchase.

You don't need expensive equipment

Don't worry, you don’t need lots of filmmaking gear to learn the skills taught in the course. We promise. But to put them into action, you will need a camera. It doesn’t need to cost you lots of money, you could just use a smartphone or borrow a friend's DSLR. Whatever you go for, it's how you use it and the quality of your story that matters most.

You can choose which skillsets to focus on

The course teaches you every stage of filmmaking, but you don't need to master every skillset. If you love storytelling and producing, say, but filming isn’t your thing, you can bring a cinematographer on board. And our online community will help you do that. We suggest you do all the modules though, as the more you understand each stage, the more confident you’ll be and the better your film will be too.

You get lifetime membership

You buy the course as one upfront payment. It's a lifetime membership, which means you can access all the current and future content for life. Your membership will never expire. This means you're free to go at your own pace, watch the videos as many times as you like, and revisit modules whenever you need a refresher.

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