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Secrets to Successful Documentary Film Production

Go behind-the-scenes with 24-EXCLUSIVE, VIDEO-BASED lessons covering everything from the PLANNING, to the SHOOTING, and
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 4h 22m
Language: English
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Follow award-winning broadcast professional, Andrew St Pierre White as he takes you set-by-step, as he conceptualises, shoots and edits two of his highly acclaimed TV documentaries. The first is based on a one-hour special documentary broadcast by Discovery Channel, and the second a half-hour serialised episode of a 26-part African adventure travel story.
Once released, critics used the words, “gripping”, “superb”, outstanding” in their reviews of these films.
The course consists of a series of videos with details of what is being taught as written summaries.
The documentary is run, and as the story unfolds, the director/producer goes though all the thoughts, processes, equipment and creative processes used. This is a real-life event, valuable to those who both shoot and edit stories on video.
As every scene is covered, the shooting techniques, editing ideas and storytelling methods are revealed. This is an actual documentary, so what is taught is not just theory— it has become fact, and you can see the results for yourself.
The documentary was produced by an indie producer, yet still sold to major networks. How this was done is discussed.
The course lectures run to 247 minutes (±4,1 hours). With some, you may need to watch them more than once, because there is quite a lot of learning to do.
If you are interested in making serious documentary films, or telling thought-provoking videos for TV or social medial, then this course has a lot to offer.
Much of what is being taught here is not, and cannot be taught in a classroom. It goes beyond theory, as the course is based on actual, highly successful productions.

You will learn

✓ Understand the creative insight and what takes to make award winning video documentaries.
✓ Learn by example. If you would like to learn, step by step, how I conceptualised, shot and edited two, highly acclaimed TV documentaries, then this is for you.
✓ Gain insight into what thought processes professional TV documentary makers use to shoot, gather content and edit award winning video stories.
✓ Enjoy being taught by a TV broadcast professional that has dozens of broadcast programs to his name, shown on networks around the world.
✓ Decide who you would prefer to be your instructor? Someone successful in the world of TV broadcasts?
✓ You can only be taught to the level your instructor has reached—never beyond. You decide what you want to end up doing, and seek out teachers that have achieved your own goals.


• You should have a keen desire to learn some in-depth—not taught in college—techniques that the pros use to tell great stories with video.
• A desire to learn and spend some time-out bettering your video making skills. The learning is full, and you may need to watch some of the videos a few times to grasp all of what is being taught.
• If you yearn for more creative insight into how great videos are made, then this is for you. I try and make my courses different from the crowd, because unlike many video courses, I don’t talk about equipment overly much. This course is all about creativity.

This course is for

• All those who wish to make better, more compelling and engaging videos, where there is a story to tell.
• Makers of documentary films in short and long form, corporate video makers will get a lot out of this course. And for those who want to make wedding or project videos with a special flare.
• This course is probably not for you if you want to learn about cameras, lenses or editing software.
• If you think that learning by example is a good way of understanding concepts, then this is for you. I go through, step by step, how I conceptualised, shot and edited this gripping TV documentary.
Award-winning TV broadcaster and director
Andrew St Pierre White is a professional broadcaster, writer and presenter, with 38 years in TV and film. He’s also an award winning author with over 17 book titles and his YouTube channel boasts over 57 million views and 266 000+ subscribers. 
Included in his resume as director and cinematographer are over 80 TV documentaries, many of which have been on major TV networks. He’s edited hundreds of TV commercials and won several top international editing awards, including Cannes Gold, and New York TV Gold.
Married to a NY Times bestselling author Gwynn White, Andrew is also a passionate and involved teacher.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 4h 22m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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