Aspiring filmmakers quickly learn that pulling off a film production takes a lot of decisions, from what camera to use, to what location works best, whether or not you need a hair and makeup person (you do), and who delivers the cheapest pizza the fastest. Questions like these matter because, when production costs are a factor, the details count.
The documentary film, in the literal sense, is a filmic document of something that happened. It is presented as non-fiction. Documentaries take a wide variety of styles and viewpoints, from cutting edge social documentaries, to dramatic historical documentaries, to perspective-shifting nature documentaries, and so on: the list is truly endless, and you can, of course, document anything.
You’ve got a great idea for a short film, but how do you approach potential funders or backers? We’ll look at how to create a film pitch presentation, designed to impress.