From scratch. Wish me luck anons!

viagrandad
viagrandad

Be me. I'm 32.
My father died 21 days ago.
I decided to start from scratch and follow my dream: film documentaries.
I STILL wanna be rich Veeky Forums
6.000€ saved
50.000€ property
Do you have any advice?

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Evilember
Evilember

Time to get addicted to drugs.

Raving_Cute
Raving_Cute

My inspiration to start a new life/biz is to honor my father SO
get addicted to drugs
is not an option

Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

I watched the Ken Burns interview on Big Think a couple of weeks ago.

His advice: If you really love it, keep doing it and don't give up.

Your problem is that $60,000 is not a lot of money. You're going to be a weekend warrior for a while.

Advice: Don't quit your day job but don't stop making movies either. If you're comfortable and don't have any good equipment, get a T3i and an outboard mic or something.

5mileys
5mileys

honor your father for what?

takes2long
takes2long

Good Luck!

TalkBomber
TalkBomber

buy a cheap camera, start shooting a lot, edit a lot. Doesn't matter what, do stupid freelance work for cheap if you can.
Build a portfolio, make a site/youtube account.

when you've acquired some skill, team up with a presenter/actor/artist/narrator.

I don't have any experience but this just seem logical to me, but I like documentaries. Vice was the shit back in the day.

youtube.com/watch?v=JbiJqTBCQuw

this guy has a lot of interresting vids on composing.

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

Thanks a lot user. Listening to Ken right now.
He says the key seems to find a unique path. I agree. I'm a hard worker, I hope to find that path.
not a lot of money
I know. That's the reason I ask you Veeky Forums. I want opinions about how to get shekels from this.
Advice: Don't quit your day job
Too late I'm afraid. I want to do this 100%. I'm not able to focus in two jobs.
Thanks again for the great advice.

DeathDog
DeathDog

honor your father
Maybe is not the right expression. Sorry, my english is no good.
I want to enjoy the life and have success. I know he would be proud for that.

TechHater
TechHater

Where are you from bud? Just curious.

eGremlin
eGremlin

Thanks user

PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

Oh nevermind. I thought you were OP:)
Forgot he was using funny Euro dollars.
Anywhere we can watch you OP?

Need_TLC
Need_TLC

buy a cheap camera
I'm buying a 300€ 2nd hand camera and two lenses for 850€.

acquired some skill
I'll practise a lot when the camera arrives. I'm also downloading some Lynda tutorials on filming and editing software. CASEY NEISTAT looks awesome too. Thanks for the link.

team up with a presenter/actor/artist/narrator
Ok.

Vice was the shit back in the day
QUESTION: Once I have the portfolio, how to get to work with companies like Vice?

I like documentaries
Any recommendation will be apreciated user
Check this out

Booteefool
Booteefool

I'm from Barcelona.
Anywhere we can watch
Not yet bro

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

film documentaries
Neat. sounds like a good hobby
I still want to be rich
hahahahahahahahahaha

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

all of my this.

cocaine is a hell of a drug.

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

bump

King_Martha
King_Martha

Dreams don't happen overnight. Keep at it.

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

You're fucked.
Don't quit your dayjob. If you can get a job at a camera rental place so you can borrow some good shit on weekends for cheap

buy a cheap camera, start shooting a lot, edit a lot. Doesn't matter what,
Very Good advice. Most documentaries sit in the can for years, having footage of something interesting is the first step: look at "Making of a Murderer" that should be your role-model
Totally Independent
No broadcaster backing
Got knocked back by broadcasters for years
Still managed to become massive success

Any recommendation will be appreciated user
Just watch documentries on things that interest you.
I personally love avant-garde stuff like
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
San Soliel
F for Fake
London

But I also love rockumentary like
the Destruction of Western Civilization
Baby Snakes
It Might Get Loud

See if you can find a book written by a fellow called "John Grierson" he is the most important film theorist there is on documentary. Michael Rabinger's book on documentary filmmaking is also a must for a beginner.

t. Documentary Film Grad

Lunatick
Lunatick

this made me laugh more than it should

i fully kek'd

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

film documentaries
hobby
be rich
haha
You 're right.
What's your advice?
Maybe get rich collecting Trumpcoin?

5mileys
5mileys

op here. thanks user.

Methshot
Methshot

You're fucked. Don't quit your dayjob
Already quit

"Making of a Murderer" as role-model
You sound smart. Thanks. Apart of shooting footage as indie filmmaker... Any idea of what is the best genres to get investors in this biz?
Today I was reading about the VR applied to documentary. I think that will be a huge niche.

t h a n k s for the helpful recommendations. I'm torrenting some of them right now and I'll check for those books too.

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

Apart of shooting footage as indie filmmaker... Any idea of what is the best genres to get investors in this biz?

Historical Figures or Celebrities.

Your best bet is to team up with a minor-celebrity and do a documentary about them doing a comeback
Searching for Sugarman
Anvil
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Citizenfour
(I haven't seen any of these btw.)

Or make a documentary about a cause which organizations can use for propaganda, the one about Killer Whales in captivity, Louis theroux's Scientology film... it has no promotion yet everybody's heard of it.

Today I was reading about the VR applied to documentary. I think that will be a huge niche.
Like drone footage I think VR is a saturated market. You really need to have something that lends itself to 180 degree material, it's also a lot more difficult to shoot than a conventional documentary.

You could find a good niche selling to educational centers. I think places like Holocaust museums are quite keen on historical VR documentaries and in some cases it can really lend itself due to the "immersive" nature.

But honestly, don't worry about getting investors, like I said about the Making of a Murderer, it's very difficult to find investors... plus if your film DOES make money, the investors are the ones who get it, not you. Just pick up a camera and shoot.

Good Luck!

girlDog
girlDog

I decided to start from scratch and follow my dream: film documentaries.
I STILL wanna be rich Veeky Forums
Ken Burns's net worth is a measly 1.5 million at age 63 and he's a critically acclaimed, award winning director.
Get a real job in a tangentially related field that will teach you skills that you can use to produce/promote your films.