Inspired to tell stories but lack the skills, time, money or confidence?
We know how daunting it is to make a documentary. We've been there. Our online course and community is designed to fast track your learning, save you time and money, and give you the skills, confidence and network you need.
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
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 STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO MAKE A DOCUMENTARY
Whether you’re a beginner making your first short, a content creator venturing into video, or a professional looking to increase your day rate, this course is for you.
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.
How to tell a great story, from structure and character arcs to acing interviews.
How to get funding, plan your budget and schedule, and find your crew.
How to use your kit, from setting frame rates to recording quality sound.
The course guides you all the way through pre-production, production and post-production with seven carefully-structured online modules.
Directing & Filming
How to shoot your doc, from capturing cinematic b-roll to lighting interviews.
How to edit your film, from organising footage to adding graphics and sound effects.
How to get your film seen, from web and social media to press kits and festivals.
How to sell your film and earn a living, from what to charge to managing clients.
Our filmmaking templates save you valuable time so you can focus on the fun stuff.
Our great member discounts with leading brands save you time and money.
We select members films to review in-depth and share how they can be improved.
Exclusive interviews with some of the best filmmakers from around the world.
We hold regular filmmaking challenges so you can put your new skills to the test.
"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."
Beginner filmmaker | London
“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."
Professional filmmaker | Auckland
"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."
Junior Producer | Auckland
WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS SAY?
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.