In filmmaking, you learn by doing. Weekend Video Projects inspire our readers to get out of the house and shoot something with their smartphone or camera. If you end up shooting something based on our tips, please share your work with us!
The Inspiration: 60 Second Docs by Indigenous Media
There is a great YouTube channel called 60 Second Docs that produces exactly that: 1-minute documentaries highlighting the lesser-known pockets of the world we live in. They are concise and brief and yet if you were to browse the videos on their channel, I guarantee that you will find a video about a subject you had no idea existed. Below are some of my favorites, especially “Grandma Gamer”!
Video: Therapy Pig – 60 Second Docs
Video: Grandma Gamer – 60 Second Docs
Use the filmmaking process to learn something new
Are there any topics that you could produce a short 1-minute documentary video about? Is there anything you read in the news recently that you wish you knew more about, or that you couldn’t wait to share with your friends? You don’t need to be an expert on it right now; you can use the filmmaking process to learn. The awesome thing about being a filmmaker is that you are constantly learning new things whether it’s by making films about a particular subject or simply to keep up with technology. Your video doesn’t have to be high quality like 60 Second Docs; you only need to tell a great story and keep your audience engaged.
Some ideas for your 60 second documentary:
- A unique thing about the city or community you live in
- A family member or friend with an interesting hobby or occupation
- A local business that is doing something unique
- Highlight a cause that interests (or angers) you
Weekend Video Project Rules:
- Have fun! These video projects are not supposed to be a chore. You are getting hands-on experience and making it fun.
- Not an expert on the subject yet? Do research before you start filming. Knowing key facts will also help you prioritize what should be in the video.
- Videos do not have to be high quality
- If filming with a smartphone, shoot horizontally!
- HAVE FUN – yes, it’s the second time mentioned because it’s that important.
- Optional: Share your work with us! Send us the Youtube or Vimeo link. We would love to see what you create.
Read our article on The Elements of a Good Video.