Documentary filmmaking is a subcategory of film and video production where the production crew creates a work of journalism rather than a fictional movie. Instead of making up fictional characters and creating a world of make-believe, the documentary filmmaker’s job is to document real life and real people by accurately and fairly telling their stories. Journalism […]
You’d love to start making professional-quality documentary videos but have no clue where to begin or how to finish. Start Here! FOR FREE! Let someone with decades of experience and a bunch of professional video production awards show you how! Hi, my name is Lorraine Grula and I spent my career making documentary style videos. […]
Welcome to The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Creating Professional Quality Documentaries. I am so thrilled to share this process with you. Producing documentaries is fundamentally a thrilling process. If the passion burns in your belly like it does mine, you will be driven, compelled to weave stories out of the many storytelling elements a filmmaker […]
Independent film making is a mixture of passion, back-breaking manual labor, sweat, and all the many incomparable joys of film making. Read the experiences of a group of successful indie film makers here.
What’s it like working as a videographer in TV News? Watch this incredible video of wild experiences compiled over the longtime career of a television news professional cameraman.
If making a documentary is in your dreams, here is some solid documentary videomaking fundraising advice.
Not all videos are planned out in advance. Some of the best footage can be obtained by videotaping the action as it happens, rather than staging it and planning it all out in advance. Here are tips for videotaping spontaneous events.
Interviewing People On Camera Here is a 13:13 documentary-style video I recently completed for a local AIDS nonprofit called Other Options. Below is a discussion of using interviews in videos of this nature. Other Options has performed an amazing service in Oklahoma City for over 25 years and I was truly blessed to be asked to […]
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Here are easy ways to create emotionally compelling videos with uplifting content!
Video of the awful flooding in Nashville, where I lived and covered the news for about 25 years.
Video shot with a wildly moving camera means one of two things: somebody got a new camcorder and they don’t have a clue how to operate it, or someone is attempting to be stylistic with the video making techniques. Here is an example of the latter.