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Creating a Modern, Cinematic Documentary with Soul

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Dandan Liu, Documentary Filmmaker & Cinematographer

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51 Lessons (1h 48m)
    • 1. Course Intro

      1:51
    • 2. Intro to Preproduction

      0:51
    • 3. What Makes a Good Subject?

      1:57
    • 4. PreInterview

      1:46
    • 5. Preobservations

      1:16
    • 6. Interview Questions

      2:34
    • 7. Location Scouting

      2:33
    • 8. Shot List

      2:30
    • 9. Scheduling

      1:19
    • 10. Preproduction Recap

      0:48
    • 11. Intro to Production

      0:44
    • 12. Intro to Audio

      1:11
    • 13. Audio Equipment

      2:06
    • 14. Recording Space

      1:19
    • 15. Essential Audio Tricks

      1:39
    • 16. Interview Ground Rules

      1:32
    • 17. Interview Tips

      5:38
    • 18. Intro to Cinematography

      1:27
    • 19. Using Natural Light

      3:09
    • 20. Tripod

      0:53
    • 21. Composition

      1:54
    • 22. Intro to Exposure

      1:15
    • 23. Exposure 5 step method

      1:50
    • 24. Aputure

      2:58
    • 25. ISO

      1:13
    • 26. ND Filters

      0:52
    • 27. Exposure Recap

      0:29
    • 28. Shooting

      0:22
    • 29. Production Recap

      4:16
    • 30. Intro to Editing

      0:24
    • 31. Transferring Files

      1:44
    • 32. Writing a Transcript

      0:41
    • 33. Paper Edit

      0:55
    • 34. Editing Case Study

      0:44
    • 35. The Premiere Pro Interface

      1:09
    • 36. Importing Footage

      3:21
    • 37. Setting Up A Sequence

      1:02
    • 38. Placing Clips on Timeline

      2:07
    • 39. Syncing Audio with Video

      1:42
    • 40. Making Cuts

      3:31
    • 41. Adding B Roll

      6:08
    • 42. Adding Music Magic to Video

      4:19
    • 43. Cutting Music

      3:54
    • 44. Adding Transitions

      4:19
    • 45. Leveling Your Audio

      4:07
    • 46. Export!

      1:49
    • 47. Bonus: Ken Burns Effect

      2:49
    • 48. Bonus: Adding Titles

      2:17
    • 49. Bonus: Warp Stabilizer

      1:43
    • 50. "Monburan Micki" Final Version

      6:22
    • 51. Course Conclusion

      1:08
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About This Class

It's time documentaries get a fresh lift. Typically, they are taught with outdated methods which stem from the 90's, with boring talking heads and bad imagery. This class, instead, teaches you how to make modern, cinematic, and story-driven character docs that engage viewers both visually and emotionally.

This class will cover the whole doc making lifecycle, covering how to plan, how to shoot, and how to edit. Part travelogue, part course, all of these lessons are designed to be applicable and get straight-to-the-point. Showing behind-the-scenes footage, they bring you along Dandan's journey of making her beautiful short doc in Tokyo about a female boxer for Omeleto, one of the leading online showcasing platforms for films. 

By the end of this course, you will have all the knowledge and a complete roadmap needed to make your first documentary short. 

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Dandan Liu

Documentary Filmmaker & Cinematographer

I come from a long line of scientists, so I'm not called the "black sheep" of the family, but the "genetic mutant" as a self-taught commercial and documentary filmmaker. My love of filmmaking came when I embarked on a four year journey living with people of different religions and lifestyles around the world. From waking up at 3 am with Zen Buddhist monks in Japan to running a guesthouse with nuns in Jerusalem, I started making films as a way to understand the local realities around me. These...

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