Change the World: Make a Social Issue Documentary

Jill Jones, Story Producer

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7 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

      1:38
    • 2. Why Social Issue Docs?

      1:27
    • 3. Choosing an Issue

      2:01
    • 4. Finding a Character

      2:16
    • 5. Writing a Logline

      2:09
    • 6. Extra Credit!

      2:03
    • 7. Closing Thoughts

      1:58

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. 

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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.

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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