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How to write a good documentary treatment

To develop films, filmmakers use treatments, proposals or even outlines to describe and help plan a project. There is a lot of overlap between these concepts and different filmmakers use them in similar and often interchangeable ways.

Documentary Fund Proposal Checklist

The film proposal and business plan acquaints the reader to the subject, advising why the topic is interesting and why such a film is needed now. Explain any contemporary social or global relevance for the topic.

Packaging and Funding Documentaries

Get funding before you start. It's fine to start pre-production without funding, so put together your sizzle reel, see how your subjects present themselves on camera and capture material needed for your film.

The path of a film proposal when you make a grant application

The path of a film proposal when you make a grant application

Once proposals are received, they are either advanced or rejected in a three-phase process that takes up to five months. First, remember, grantors or investors are usually under a deadline to read and make a decision on something that should never be judged: your art.

How to apply for a film grant

Funders look at hundreds of film applications every round, so any application you make should be as detailed and as striking as possible. The success of your application will probably depend upon what elements you have in place e.g.

The Basics of Making a Short Film

This brief guide will show you the basics of film-making in 10 steps so you can turn your idea into a short film. The story is at the heart of this competition. If you have an idea of a story you'd like to tell, then you have all the credentials to make a film.

7 Rules for Writing Short Films

A short film script can be a great calling card for a writer. Short films aren’t a lesser form of cinematic storytelling. In fact writing them requires the exact same skills as writing a feature length script – though on a smaller scale.

Why Make a Short Film?

Making a short film is largely a labour of love, so it's always worth clarifying why you are embarking on such madness and adventure. Before you start let's decide on the reasons to make a short film, where is this film going to be shown and where to find the money.

What Makes a Good Short?

There are no hard and fast rules as to what makes a good short; as with features, different audiences love different films and an award-winner in one viewer's eyes will be a dull cliché in another's.

How to Make a Short Film

It's easier than ever to make a film, new technologies have brought costs down, while the internet's made it possible to collaborate with like-minded filmmakers to develop your film.