Making Documentaries


A full or half day course for filmmakers/film students.

During this course we will cover everything from pitching your idea, researching, pre production, shooting, post production, marketing and publicity and social media. How do we make sure we have an original or unique idea? What style of documentary are you making? How can you raise the finance? How do you keep a good working relationship with your participants even during some very difficult shoots? Will you use archive? Will you use animation or motion graphics? How will you find the right Editor, Sound Designer and Composer? How will you engage your audience? How will you market the film? Is it a festival film? Will you use a Distributor? We will cover all of this and more. Using Debbie’s own films, as well as others as case studies this course will bring great insight into the documentary making process and she shares her knowledge and understanding.

Debbie set up Big Buddha Films fifteen years ago. She has made several short documentaries and her first feature length documentary, Still Loved.