I would like to make a short documentary. I want it to not suck. I know nothing.
Thanks to y'all
, I have watched a lot of really great movies. I've read a little bit about movies - some stuff by filmmakers. I've made your basic home videos and done the most rudimentary of editing in iMovie. I've also done audio interviews and have a little experience with audio recording equipment and editing. But only a tiny bit. Besides that, I know zero. Oh, and I have no money.
My goal is to make a perhaps 1/2 hour film that would be good enough to show on TV or perhaps at festivals (I know! But a gal's gotta dream!) or at the least to show to my friends without being laughed at.
I recognize that my desire to make a good documentary with no experience and no money makes me something of a crazy person or moron, however, let's put that aside for a moment and just pretend my dream is possible. What should I do first? What are the minimum supplies I should beg, borrow or steal? Do I need to work with someone else? Is there an essential manual I should read first?
One possible challenge I can anticipate is the subject of my proposed documentary which is a very loud location. Think in terms of the sound level at a beloved local bar. Or maybe louder. So I guess I'll have to do a fair amount of off-site interviews? Or, uh, is there some kind of stuff I should be thinking about for that?