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1ManFilmCrew is a resource for solo documentary filmmakers. Here, you will find all the information you need to get started on your next solo film project.

Making a film is hard work.

Whether it is a feature length production or just a short film, the process of taking a film from concept to completion can be a rewarding, but daunting task. That is why most high-quality films are created with sizeable crews of people, all with varying skills and areas of expertise. But not everyone who wants to make a film has access to the time, money, and resources it requires to put together a quality film piece. Fortunately, as technology advances and becomes more accessible and affordable, it is now easier than ever for the average person to create a high quality film. By mastering basic camera, lighting, audio and interview skills, anyone who is willing to dedicate their time to the making of a documentary film can do so, even if they have to do it alone. is exactly what it’s name says.

This site is designed to guide the solo filmmaker through their next documentary film, whether that be a short film, or a feature length production. This website is geared towards students working on a budget, hobbyists who want to dabble in the world of filmmaking, and anyone interested in the subject of filmmaking and the basic equipment and techniques that go into the making of a film.

This website will guide you through the Idea stage, where you will brainstorm for ideas, locations, and the things that inspire you to be a filmmaker. Next, is the Pre-Production stage, where you will take all your ideas and put them into written form, making a solid blueprint for how the final product is going to look. This will involve creating a treatment, writing a script, creating a schedule, and location scouting. Next, you will decide what equipment you need, such as cameras, audio, lighting, and stabilizing equipment. After that comes the Production stage, where you will go out into the field and create the footage that will make up your film. In this section, you will learn about setting up your equipment, how to get a good shot, interview techniques, working with talent, adapting to different environments, setting up audio, and other tips for the field. After Production comes the Post-Production stage, which involves dumping the footage from the camera to the computer, editing, and rendering. Then last comes the Distribution section, where you will go over how to showcase your film.

Just follow the links above. You can jump to any section, depending on where you are in your filmmaking process. If you want to go through the process from beginning to end, just start from the left-most link “Getting Ideas,” and work your way to the right.

But remember; this information is just a guide through the basics. Don’t let the lack of time, money, or equipment stand in the way of getting started. A little creativity goes a long way when faced with an obstacle, and necessity is the mother of invention. The important thing is to GET OUT there and GET started, because you will learn more about your own process by getting out there and feeling it out for yourself.

Matthew Myers
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Last updated on: 06/22/2016