Filmmakers ?

ross (@theboss7607) 8 years, 10 months ago

I currently am a pretty overweight dude i used to be a decent athelete in high school but never lived up to my potential. So anyways i want to make a documentary or have someone help me but document my successes and failures while losing a dramatic amount of weight over the next year. In one year (bout 10 months) i am moving to china to enroll in a martial arts academy for a year. I want the documentary to be about my weightloss , my enrollment in china , and then the preceding year in which i train for mma and start competing. Because of the legnth of time i suppose i should be filmmaker but i have about zero experience. I was looking in to getting a Canon HV30 for my self to start. I figure if i can film a bunch of before and after squences and events of my successes i can have someone help me edit it all later. So i guess what i am asking is where do i start can anyone help?

February 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm
E.C.F. Doyle (346) (@chekovchameleon) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

First of all, fair play. I heard that is a good camera, does it have and external mic. input, that is important for any independent filmmaker. It will be hard to make a documentary in which you are the main focus yourself, you will need a co-producer. Especially for Chinese martial arts academy. Believe me those guys aren’t going to be cool with you attending to your camera in the middle of training. Also making a film really is a lot of work and since you are obviously going to be busy you will need a co-producer who can go out and get transitional shots and do interviews while you are training.
You should develop a real premise for it before you start. This is a massive mistake that a lot of amateur documentary makers make. Don’t just film the shit out of yourself training and shit and then edit it into a feature length documentary. Establish what you want to your documentary to communicate, what issues do you want to highlight, an example might be the impacts of obesity in society. Then get interviews, and try get proper one’s with like scientists and the likes. You’ll also need a script, like the important scenes you want to get and the questions you want to ask.
The most important thing though is to watch every documentary you can get your hands on. And don’t just watch them to kill time, think about what the producers are doing during the film, take notes as well. A documentary isn’t actually that different from a regular film so remember you need to keep it interesting with dramatic questions and the like. A documentary isn’t actually that different from a regular film so remember you need to keep it interesting with dramatic questions and the like.

Good Luck.

ross (76) (@theboss7607) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@chekovchameleon, Thank you so much yo! I asked a pretty briad question not expecting to even get an answer but yours is totally what i needed to hear. You rock. This is going to be very tough. There are several major issues i have to figure out cuz this documentary will pretty much be over thing of the next 3 years and since its intercontinental ill have to use the next year working with someone so that in china ill be able to do stuff by myself and recruit people to film training sequences. But thanks again i appreciate your time.

E.C.F. Doyle (346) (@chekovchameleon) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@theboss7607, You could use a multitude of co-producers, like producers in china and producers at home, because it will be hard to find someone who will who is willing to travel to china. It will be easy to find film school students or amateur filmmakers in china I imagine. You can probably do any pre china shooting yourself.

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