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Your First Documentary: Getting From Idea to Reality

Presented by Docs In Progress at Docs In Progress, Silver Spring MD

Oct 18, 2018

Your First Documentary: Getting From Idea to Reality

Learn the basics of turning your idea for a great documentary into a reality.

So you have a great idea for a documentary but don’t know where to start? Before you turn on that camera, there are some important things you need to plan to make your film more assured of success. In this workshop, we will review ways to define and refine your story idea, find and approach potential people to film, put together a production team, and develop a plan for production. As part of this workshop, we will also explore a case study of Indivisible which went from being an idea by a

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I/II – No prior training at Docs In Progress required.


$45 Early Bird Registration (register/pay through October 3)
$65 Regular Registration (register/pay between October 4 – 15)
$75 Late Registration (register/pay October 16 – Class is Full)

If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program at the Premium level, you can get up to a $25 discount on the registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Earlybird or Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. To get the discount, you will enter a Promo Code when you get to the payment. If you missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it.


Click the “Register Now” button towards the top of the page. Because of limited space, advanced registration is highly recommended.

Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot in the class. In order to get the discounted earlybird rate, full payment must be RECEIVED by the earlybird date.  Otherwise the regular rate will be charged.

If you are paying by credit card, select the “Paypal” option (you can pay by credit card even if you don’t have a Paypal account). Payment must be made at the same time you complete the online registration form.

If you are paying by check, you still need to register online, but select “Pay by Check or Wire”.  Make check payable to “Docs In Progress” and mail to:

Docs In Progress
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Write the name of the workshop in the memo line)

Information about how to access the webinar will be e-mailed approximately 24 hours prior to the webinar to all registrants.

Contact: 301-789-2797


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8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113, Silver Spring, MD 20910


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