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Change the World: Make a Social Issue Documentary

Jill Jones, Story Producer

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7 Videos (14m)
    • Intro

    • Why Social Issue Docs?

    • Choosing an Issue

    • Finding a Character

    • Writing a Logline

    • Extra Credit!

    • Closing Thoughts


About This Class

In this class, you will develop a concept for your own social issue documentary. You don't need any filming equipment. We are starting with the most important part of the film: the idea. 

I will be using my own documentary film SPECTRUM as an example throughout the class. 


Who is this class for?

Anyone who is curious about documentaries or excited about making a difference in the world. You don't need to be an experienced filmmaker. Just bring your heart and your mind.


Artwork Acknowledgment: 

Blackfish Poster by CNN Films & Magnolia Pictures

The Act of Killing Poster by Joshua Oppenheimer & Final Cut for Real

Jackass Poster by Paramount Pictures & MTV Films

Spectrum logo by artist Bess Yontz

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I was inspired, and I'm looking forward to see more videos.
Great course! Clear, concise, and inspirational. Thanks Jill.
An interesting and well organised class to watch. I like that Jill decided to go with small bite sized classes, that will cover various aspects of making a social issue documentary.
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Jill Jones

Story Producer


I work in Los Angeles as a Story Producer and Associate Producer for documentary and unscripted TV.

I have produced content for ESPN FILMS (What Makes Us), NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, (The Raft), ANIMAL PLANET (Treehouse Masters), BRAVO (Top Chef), ABC (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), MTV (Catfish), and CBS (3).

In addition, I produce independent documentary work with the company NANUQ ORIGINAL We create live action and animated branded content for non-profits like the ...

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