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Ep. 36 How to develop your documentary - Part 2: Planning

October 18, 2022 Sue Collins & Mike Hill Episode 36
Moonshine Moonshot
Ep. 36 How to develop your documentary - Part 2: Planning
Show Notes

Hello fellow filmmakers and creatives! Welcome back to my mini series on the documentary development process.  I’m putting this together to help demystify what is involved in developing your documentary or narrative film idea from just an idea into a project ready to pitch for funding. 

I kicked off last week with a deep dive into getting clear on your story – ie figuring out your genre, defining your idea and immersing yourself in your story’s world. If you missed it, you can catch up by clicking here. You can also watch the episode of Moonshine Moonshot on YouTube. My co-host Mike Hill and I are releasing a companion video series over the next several weeks, where we’ll walk you through how to take your movie idea from concept to the silver screen. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any tips. 

But back to this week. Because in this podcast, I’m turning my focus to (gulp) …planning. Now, I know that will sound about as exciting as ‘tax time’ for many of you, But stick with me!There are huge benefits to planning and it can actually be…fun? Ok, maybe fun isn’t the right word. However, it’s definitely satisfying and it’s something I’m really into. 

And before you come at me with your, “Planning inhibits my creative process.” Or  “I just find the notion of planning way too constrictive” , hear me out. If you skip the planning step, there’s a really solid chance you won’t actually complete your film…ever! No raving fans. No packed cinemas. No good, right? 

Exactly. Which is why planning is such a critical step in the filmmaking journey. Because as Benjamin Franklin said way back in the 1700s: 

“By failing to plan, you are preparing to fail”

So with those words of wisdom in mind, start listening now.

But to learn more from me,  head to to find more great content and resources including my free ebook that will help you craft a compelling video story

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