DFA course is going live on the 20th May 2021 🎉

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Make Your Dream Documentary

With Our Online Course and Community

INTRO

WHAT'S THIS COURSE ALL ABOUT?

 

Make your documentary from start to finish whether it's a short, feature film or series

Build your connections, crew and confidence through our online community

Master storytelling with our full module on how to tell compelling stories

Achieve more with less using agile kit, small crews and smart

digital workflows

Advance your skills and day rate so you can earn a living making films you love

Learn at your own pace with lifetime membership so you can keep coming back

LEARN HOW TO MAKE DOCUMENTARIES

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Meet your mentor

Created by filmmaker Sebastian Solberg, DFA combines everything Seb has learned over the last ten years of his career with extensive additional research into the latest digital technology and documentary techniques.

WHAT'S INSIDE

THE FULL CURRICULUM

MODULE 1

STORYTELLING

>    Intro To Storytelling

>    Finding Your Idea

>    Choosing Your Narration Style

>    Visual Storytelling Techniques

>    Character Arc

>    Three Act Structure

>    Balancing Storytelling With Truth

>    Writing Interview Questions

>    Quiz: Story

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MODULE 2

PRODUCING

>    Intro To Producing

>    How To Put Together A Film Crew

>    How To Create A Treatment

>    How To Put Together A Schedule

>    How To Create A Budget

>    How To Fund Your Project

>    How To Create A Production Binder

>    How To Create A Call Sheet

>    Quiz: Producing

MODULE 3

CAMERA BASICS

>    Intro To Camera Basics

>    Camera Resolution

>    Frame Rates

>    Aspect Ratio

>    Picture Style

>    White Balance

>    Exposure

>    Depth Of Field & Focal Length

>    Quiz: Camera Basics

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MODULE 4

DIRECTING & FILMING

>    Intro To Filming

>    Composition

>    Camera Angles

>    Camera Movement

>    Cinematic Gimbal Movements

>    Essential Drone Movements

>    Cinematic Slider Movements

>    How To Film Slow Motion

>    How To Film An Interview

>    Keeping Your Subject In Focus

>    Shooting Timelapses

>    Natural Lighting

>    How To Record Sound On Location

>    Quiz:  Directing & Filming

MODULE 5

EDITING

>    Intro To Editing

>    Overview Of Editing Workflow

>    Labeling, Syncing & Organising

>    Transcribing Your Footage

>    Paper Edit

>    Assembly Edit

>    Rough Cut

>    Fine Cut

>    The Power of Sound Design

>    Colour Grading

>    Quiz: Editing

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MODULE 6

MARKETING

>    Intro To Marketing

>    Online Vs Festival Film Release

>    Tips To Successful Social Media Marketing

>    Quiz: Marketing

MODULE 7

BUSINESS

>    Intro To Business

>    How To Make A Living As A Filmmaker

>    Embrace Failure

>    My Favourite Business Books

>    Mental Health & Motivation

>    Quiz: Business

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EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS

Save money on filmmaking software, gear and music as a DFA student.

  • Red Giant - Documentary Film Academy

    Red Giant

    Motion graphics

    Get 50% off all software

  • Noun Project - Documentary Film Academy

    Noun Project

    Art-quality icons & stock photos

    Get 50% off yearly membership

  • Starchive - Documentary Film Academy

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    Digital asset management

    6-month free subscription

  • Mist Horse - Documentary Film Academy

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    Motion graphics

    30% off all plugins

  • Film Convert - Documentary Film Academy

    Film Convert

    Colour grading

    30% off all plugins

  • Hedge - Documentary Film Academy

    Hedge

    Super-fast back-ups

    15% off all software

  • Syrp - Documentary Film Academy

    Syrp

    Camera sliders

    10% off camera sliders (UK only)

  • Artlist - Documentary Film Academy

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    Music licensing & sound

    2 months free subscription

Live session with Zoom

We have regular zoom sessions with DFA students. This is an opportunity to get your questions answered, share a bit about your documentary project and for students to get to know one another.

Chat with mentors in private FB Group

You can chat with the DFA mentors, ask questions and share behind the scenes from your projects. Mentors will also share BTS from their own documentary projects to help inspire you on your filmmaking journey.

Written critique on Vimeo

You can upload your documentary project onto Vimeo and share it with the DFA students to get feedback and see how you can improve your documentary while you're editing it.

Assets can be downloaded using Google Drive

We use Google drive to store all our filmmaking assets, such as filmmaking templates, footage and presets for you to use to help make your documentary.

STAY ENGAGED WHILE YOU LEARN

Interact with a set of tools that will help you stay engaged and keep in contact with your mentors and fellow students.

Jump-start Your Documentary Project

Angharad George-Carey

Beginner filmmaker

“I genuinely can not tell you how much DFA has lifted my confidence. Thank you Seb, this course has just been incredible and I can not recommend it enough!"

Henry Donald

Film Graduate

“More detail than my film degree, summed up better, taught in a more engaging way, for a fraction of the cost. The story section gave me so many light bulb moments of things I hadn't grasped at uni."

Erin Wallace

Content producer

"Learning from Seb's experience and feedback is worth more than any price tag. I can relate it to my work, take on more responsibility, and grow in an industry I'm truly passionate about."

WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS SAY?

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Join a Supportive Community

We have a private DFA Facebook group where you can engage with other students and ask any questions you might have throughout the making of your documentary and beyond.

Do I need expensive equipment?

No. Don't worry, you don’t need lots of expensive filmmaking gear to learn the skills taught in the course. But to put them into action, you will need a camera. It doesn’t need to cost you lots of money, you could borrow a friend's DSLR or even just use a smartphone for now. Whatever you go for, it's how you use it and the quality of your story that matters most.

Do I need to learn every skillset?

The course teaches you every stage of filmmaking, but you don't need to master every skillset. If you love storytelling and producing, say, but filming isn’t your thing, you can bring a videographer on board. And our online community will help you do that. We suggest you do all the modules though, as the more you understand each stage, the more confident you’ll be - and the better your film will be too.

How long can I access the content?

For life! You buy the course with one upfront payment and it's a lifetime membership, which means you can access all the current and future content for life. Your membership will never expire. This means you're free to go at your own pace, watch the videos as many times as you like, and revisit modules whenever you need a refresher.

YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

Make your dream documentary

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