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The Book

The Documentary Filmmaking Master Class: Tell Your Story from Concept to Distribution

"A realist with a sense of humor, Chasse is both stringent and encouraging as she covers every aspect of creating a successful production." —Booklist starred review

How to Make and Distribute a Documentary without Losing Your Mind or Going Broke

Documentary filmmaking requires more than just a passion for the subject, whether it be one’s personal story or that of someone else, a historical event or a startling discovery, a political movement or a heinous crime. Making a documentary and getting it in front of an audience requires determination, careful planning, money, and a strong production team. With over thirty years of experience in filmmaking, author Betsy Chasse mentors readers every step of the way with a down-to-earth approach and invaluable advice. Chapters cover topics such as:

  • Choosing a Subject
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Securing Financial Backing
  • Assembling a Production Team
  • Nailing Interviews and Shooting B-Roll
  • Getting through Post-Production
  • Distributing and Marketing the Film

Both novices and experienced filmmakers will benefit from this all-inclusive guide. With the right knowledge, persistence, and The Documentary Filmmaking Master Class in their camera bags, readers will not only turn their visions into reality, they’ll be able to share the results with others and navigate the process with confidence.


                      Available at your favorite bookseller or on Amazon.

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The On-Line Course

Live Course Via Zoom Starts March 31st 2020

6 week Course. Tuesdays 6:30pm-8pm PST

Based on the book The Documentary Filmmaking Masterclass, go deeper into each chapter, actual case studies and interactive sessions in 90 minutes each week. The book is required reading for the course & creators should come prepared to develop your own project.


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Created in association with The Conscious Good Creators Network. The largest private network of filmmakers and visual storytellers focused on creating conscious media and elevating consciousness.

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