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Documentary Film Class

At a Glance

  • All levels of filmmakers
  • Learn the art, craft and business of documentary filmmaking
  • Unlock the secrets and techniques of creating expertly crafted documentary films

Free Gift with Purchase: Learn the Secrets to Funding and Budgeting Your Documentary- Downloadable Audio Book. ($79 value!)

COURSE DETAILS

Throughout his 25-year career, documentary filmmaker Kevin Knoblock has become a leading producer, writer, and director of powerful, award-winning documentaries about social issues, historical events, and popular culture.

In this 7-hour comprehensive DOCUMENTARY FILM CLASS workshop, Knoblock presents a step-by-step approach to unlocking the secrets and techniques of creating expertly crafted documentary films. For those on a tight budget, Knoblock explains how to allocate your resources for a documentary budget as low as $5,000 (and as high as $500,000 or more). He also discusses how to get a professional quality look by renting camera equipment at various price points, from budget conscious DSLRs to high-end cameras like Arri Alexas or the Sony CineAlta line of HD cameras, and the strategies of when it's best to buy equipment versus hiring crews for shooting. 

Areas covered include:

Do Your Research
What is the Message/Goal of the Documentary? Will your subject have appeal to a wide audience? Have there been other films on the subject? What is your desired outlet (i.e. theatrical release or cable channel)? 

Start With a Realistic Budget
Know every line item, every piece of gear, and what things cost. Class will include handouts on sample documentary budgets from $10,000 to $2,000,000. 

The Secrets To Getting Your Project Funded
How to find funding sources: non-profits, private individuals, co-ventures with other production companies, networks, and crowd-sourcing.

Learn The Secret To Finding Great Personal Stories
Personal stories help audiences connect emotionally to your film, and are key to illuminating complex issues.

How To Create Your Production Blueprint
How to outline your story. What will you be shooting and where? Who will you interview? 

Equipment
What gear should you use? What ‘look’ do you want? What can you afford? Small chip camcorders? Traditional ENG video cameras? HDSLRs? Large sensor video cameras?

Visual Theory
Shooting styles. Single or multi cameras. How to shoot an interview. How to pick the look of your interview settings. 

Essentials of Good Sound Recording
Sound recording basics. Avoid a common error in valuing picture over sound. 

Scripting
Script formats. Dramatic development. Story structure (inc. shots, scenes, sequences, acts). Creating the paper edit (audio and visual columns).

How and When To Use Archival Stills and Footage
How much will your archival material cost? What vendors are best? 

Should you use original music or royalty free?
And learn how writing to ‘temp’ music can unlock your creativity.

Hiring and Working With Your Editor
Developing a workflow. Selecting clips, stills and b-roll.

Know Your Deliverables and Formats
How long should your documentary be and what medium do you deliver on? Learn about what is expected for theatrical documentaries, ad-supported cable docs, and for premium cable. 

Getting Distribution
Submitting your completed documentary to film festivals. Sales Agents. Theatrical release vs. direct to DVD or cable.

How To Leverage Your Completed Film Into Your Next Project
Using traditional press outlets and social media to create buzz. 

Kevin Knoblock's 7-hour Documentary Film Class workshop offers the most comprehensive and professional full day class on the art, craft, and business of creating documentaries. All levels of professionals can benefit from this class. Sign up today!

Where

The Writers Store
3510 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

10:30 am - 6:00 pm


Bonus Gift: Ends May 15th!

Learn the Secrets to Funding and Budgeting Your Documentary - Downloadable Audio Book

Retail Price: $79.99
Now FREE with your seminar purchase for a limited time!

Kevin Knoblock’s audio book on Secrets to Funding and Budgeting Your Documentary From $5,000 to $500,000 includes spreadsheets for a $5,000 Micro Budget, $50,000 and $500,000 budgets, and goes through each LINE BY LINE to reveal how best to spend your production funds at each level.

You'll Learn:

  • Where to find the funds you need to make your dream project.
  • When it is best to buy your equipment or rent your gear.
  • How to save on crew costs.
  • When you need permits and insurance.
  • Complete line item breakdowns for all stages of production at each price point.
  • And much more!



Product Details

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Instructor: Kevin Knoblock

Kevin Knoblock founded Peace River Company in 1995 and has become a leading producer, writer, and director of powerful, award-winning documentaries about social issues, historical events, and popular culture.

Knoblock’s feature-length documentaries include Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration (released theatrically in over 50 theaters and recipient of multiple awards, including Best Documentary at AFR), Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60 (narrated by the late actor Ron Silver), and Nine Days That Changed the World (about Pope John Paul II’s historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in 1979).

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