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Documentary-making for dreamers with only pocket change to spare

This is a two-pronged question about making documentaries with limited resources. 1) What methods should I use for finding, choosing, and honing in on documentary subject matter? and 2) How can I maximize the limited benefits of using an iPhone 6S Plus to make a low budget doc? (Note: I've read and own Shut Up and Shoot, but I'm seeking additional opinions and advice.) [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on May 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Documentary film on the college experience

Do you know of a documentary on college students' lives? I'm really interested in the transition from adolescence to adulthood as well as what students learn at the college level. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Aug 13, 2015 - 7 answers

External microphone for shooting video on an iPhone?

Suggest a microphone to plug into my iPhone 5S to improve the audio of my iPhone videos? Lavalier preferred, but a little shotgun thingie would be ok too. Hoping to achieve improved voice quality with less roomtone, and I need the audio file to record right onto the video file- I don't want to sync it in post. Thanks!
posted by pseudostrabismus on Apr 20, 2015 - 4 answers

What film gear do we need for a short film production?

I just got a call to DP a short film next summer. I've been a videographer for about 18 months, so most of my gear is oriented towards promotional video and documentary work. I use a Canon DSLR. We want the quality of the film to be high enough for festival submissions. What gear do we need to budget for? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Nov 23, 2014 - 8 answers

What proportion of a film should I watch before giving up on it?

I read a lot of books and watch a lot of films. With books, I give them a chapter to draw me in, and if it's not happening, I move on to the next one. But what's a good rule of thumb for films? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on May 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Where to advertise a free service to filmmakers

I would like to offer a free service to filmmakers. Where should I advertise? [more inside]
posted by alby on Mar 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Ways To Help People in Need with Writing or Film Skills?

St. Louis friend trained as a writer and filmmaker wants to use his skills to help people in need/suffering. Does anyone in the area (the city, or St. Louis County) know of any volunteering options for him? He already has an office job, but career suggestions would be welcome, though I think volunteering is more of an immediate interest. National and local organizations anyone knows of in the area are welcome. Thanks!
posted by Locative on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Perfect magazines for me?

I'd like to find some magazines to subscribe to that deal with road cycling, fixed gear (including track) cycling, and filmmaking! I'm particularly interested in magazines that feature strong design (so don't just think FilmMaker Magazine, more like Little White Lies). This will not just be for my enjoyment, but they will live in my edit suite for advertising creatives to flip through during long edit days.
posted by matt_od on Sep 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Novel to film rights

How do I find out if the film rights are available to a book/novel? Or, more specifically, if they are not available - how do I find out who owns the rights? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Aug 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Seeking inspiration

I recently got the opportunity to direct a commercial! Yay!!! Now the bad news: I've been working a mind-numbing retail job for the last eight months, and have had few opportunities to do anything creative (outside of writing a screenplay). Help me re-enliven my inner creative spark. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet on Aug 1, 2013 - 6 answers

But it just looks so shiny

I need a new phone. I also want to start getting into filmmaking. I happened to stumble across the Nokia 808 Pureview, which looks like it covers both criteria, and is pretty awesome to boot! But my more tech-savvy friend said that the phone itself wasn't great, and I might as well get a separate phone and camera. You may assume (quite rightly) that I have next to no knowledge of technology. Please advise this total noob on what to get :) [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Jun 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Directors and Marriage Longevity

How many successful Film Directors are happily married...to their first wife (or husband)? Answers may be given as an estimated percentage if that's easier. [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Mar 7, 2013 - 18 answers

What's the economic return like for indie films?

A good friend of a friend completed production of an independent film earlier this year. They've submitted it to festivals and are just waiting to hear back now. Does anyone have some stats on how much revenue a typical independently-produced film can hope to make in the US and how much the most popular ones make? How do indie filmmakers actually make money? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Dec 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Need Big Parking Lot Near Downtown Toronto

Where can we find a large (almost) empty parking lot in or near Downtown Toronto tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat on Nov 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Does a director on the level of Paul Thomas Anderson make much money at all?

Does a director on the level of Paul Thomas Anderson make much money at all? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

We ain't got no budget!

CHALLENGE TIME! You are lent some expensive, professional grade video equipment for 18 hours and told that you may use it as you see fit in the time you have. Assuming little to no preparation beforehand, what do you do and/or film with it? Ideally you'd like the owner (or anyone else who sees your work) to be mildly impressed, knowing that you have no actual solo film making experience whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Oct 17, 2012 - 14 answers

How to teach filmmaking to children

Looking for help figuring out ways to teach a tween how to make films. [more inside]
posted by diabolik on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me become a man with a movie camera!

Where can I find cinematography courses in New York City? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Sep 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Movable camera dolly for iPhone?

Making stop motion animation with an iPhone: Is there an inexpensive camera dolly that will allow one to change the position of the camera (i.e. iPhone) while moving the dolly? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Canon 5d video n00b

Canon 5D filter: I'm going on a trip to Honduras with a NGO in November to photograph their work developing clean cookstoves for families. I'm cool on the photography front, but need help figuring out a relatively lightweight rig for video using my 5d mk ii. [more inside]
posted by nerdcore on Aug 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Master Moviemaking with the Mefites

Can you recommend online videos or blogs which dissect, compare, and contrast different elements of filmmaking: camerawork, lighting, directing, editing, pacing, music, dialogue, color, etc? And if you went to film school or took classes, what were some lessons/first-hand experiments that really opened your eyes to the art and subjective nature of film? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jan 11, 2012 - 1 answer

“See! This is what I'm talking about! Let’s do something like this!”

What are some go-to websites for cinematographic inspiration? [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight on Oct 29, 2011 - 5 answers

There's a lot of Kevin Smith interviews... I need a specific one

LazywebFilter. I'm looking for a recent, and specific interview with Kevin Smith wherein he talks about how he kept saying he wanted to be a filmmaker, and his decision to actually make a movie. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me make a movie

I would like to make a short documentary. I want it to not suck. I know nothing. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Apr 1, 2011 - 13 answers

How to film my own Truman Show?

Is there any way to make a 24-hour digital video recording of my day from my point of view without looking like a total psychopath? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Mar 27, 2011 - 13 answers

Creating an internship for a small-budget documentary

I'm making a documentary in 40 cities in 10 months. We're travelling a lot, and need certain jobs done in many disciplines while we're away, which will be a large drag on our time. We would like to employ someone to help, but have no funds, other than to offer a slice of the end profits should the project become successful. So, an internship? A volunteer? How can I create one that's useful to the intern? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Jan 11, 2011 - 19 answers

Close up on the pod bay doors please, HAL.

3D filmmaking software for non-animators. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Dec 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Many Little Mics != One Mic To Rule Them All?

Is there an HDR equivalent for audio tracks? Can several low-to-reasonable quality recordings of a single event be merged into one high-quality recording? [more inside]
posted by awenner on Dec 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Examples of different "looks and feels" styles of video and how to produce them?

Examples of different "looks and feels" / styles of video and how to produce them? [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Nov 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Resources for budding documentarians?

What are some good resources to learn about the nuts and bolts of making a documentary? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Nov 1, 2010 - 6 answers

One man film?

What sort of films can I make with just me and my camera? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Sep 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Canon T2i for film/video

I'm looking to purchase a camera for narrative filmmaking purposes, and am considering the Canon T2i. Does anybody have experience with this camera? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Sep 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Who makes documentary films like Frederick Wiseman?

Who are the artistic heirs to documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman? Which contemporary individuals/groups are making similar films, filming similar things, or documenting life in the U.S. (with or without film) in similar ways? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Sep 9, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me trick out my indie video studio, please.

I'm planning on making an indie documentary. Help me figure out what I need in terms of equipment. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 15, 2010 - 10 answers

How to get hollywood in the backwoods?

I'm looking for a low cost timecode slate. Which is this But instead of costing $1200 or so and being a dedicated piece of equipment. Maybe something more like this. Though I don't have an iPhone so that program is out. Does anyone know of one that runs on Windows, like a tablet PC? or maybe one that was self built from a microcontroller (arduino, stamp, etc) SMPTE can be read by the Arduino so it might be possible. Thanks.
posted by tropikal on Aug 4, 2010 - 4 answers

What should I know before shooting in Super 8?

What should I know before shooting movies with Super 8 film? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Jun 16, 2010 - 3 answers

What are your favorite comedy film shorts?

What are your favorite funny film shorts? (under ten minutes long! ) [more inside]
posted by storybored on Apr 8, 2010 - 30 answers

makeup for outdoor filming

I'm making a video (think Steve Irwin or Jeff Corwin) outside, and want to know about what makeup to wear. [more inside]
posted by griseus on Mar 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Indie documentary distribution for absolute beginners

Beyond Film Distribution for Dummies: What do I need to know about distributing my feature-length grassroots documentary film? (specific q's inside) [more inside]
posted by mtgoldma on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

How much should I offer to pay a location for my student film shoot?

How much should I offer to pay a location for my student film shoot? [more inside]
posted by saileyn on Dec 2, 2009 - 8 answers

straight from the source.

Just curious: What DVD commentaries absolutely enhance the movie they're attached to? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Nov 9, 2009 - 30 answers

Help me re-find this irreverent filmmaking tutorial site?

I'm trying to re-find an irreverent filmmaking tutorial-video site I never bookmarked. In one memorable video, to show how a camera captures photons, they dropped a hundred tennis balls and tried to catch them in a plastic bucket. Anyone seen this? [more inside]
posted by scrowdid on Nov 5, 2009 - 1 answer

I'll have eight hours to write a screenplay from start to finish. Help!

Screenwriters - advice for coming up wirth effective short film scripts QUICKLY! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Oct 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Good movie driving shots for chroma keying?

Here's a fun one: can you think of any films that have good, usable -moving background- shots / tracking shots, that I could use as a fake "driving" backdrop for a movie I'm making? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper on Sep 19, 2009 - 13 answers

How does one drive a fake cop car around?

I'm looking to rent a fake cop car for a quick, no-budget film shoot. My question is, how the hell do I transport it without getting pulled over for impersonating an officer or getting similar attention from law enforcement? [more inside]
posted by ambulance blues on Aug 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Film Scheduling Resources?

Anyone know of some good freeware film scheduling software or templates? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Aug 4, 2009 - 2 answers

How do I get into filmmaking?

I want to get into filmmaking as a hobby, but I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by fishtacos on Feb 5, 2009 - 10 answers

Using copyrighted music in a student film?

Submitting a student film for a local festival. Unlicensed music used. How should I clear this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for ultra short films

Looking for short films with a narrative structure and extremely short running time, no more than 90 seconds that I can watch online on vimeo or some other video site. [more inside]
posted by ilike on Nov 10, 2008 - 5 answers

How to rent out my video equipment?

Where to list my video equipment for rental? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Nov 6, 2008 - 4 answers

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