How to Make a Documentary Film - Find out sites where you can upload your videos

How to make your history into a documentary film

Almost everyone have histories or just simple events that are worth being documented on film for others to watch and learn.

Sometimes a simple homemade movie with your family can lead to a great documentary even though those movies are very personal most of the times.

So is it possible to make your own documentary film?

Yes if you have the means to achieve that (equipment, human resources, ability, interesting subject, etc.) and ways to disseminate your finished work (something very difficult if your are not a well known filmmaker).

If you are into wildlife documentary I recommend you Wildlife-film.com where you will find extensive information provided for all aspects of wildlife films and filmmakers.

Unfortunately most of us have not everything needed to such a big achievement.

Documentary filming
Documentary filming

Homemade documentary

You are decided to make it on your own!?

Then you can find valued tips at Cinematography.com!

  • Cinematography.com

    A must visit for documentary filmmakers. Contains extensive information on all matters relating to cameras and film making.

So what can you do to find the right professional to help you out?

Documentary filmmakers tend to focus on certain subjects (politics, wildlife, everyday living, health, technological advances, etc.) in fact some of them will never accept to make a documentary for somebody else (or you probably do not have enough money).

Then where can you find a filmmaker willing to make "your" documentary?

First you should look for newly Film school graduate who is more likely inclined to work "for you".

  • DocumentaryFilms.net

    This site provides documentary film information and resources to both viewers and filmmakers.


Free website with infos, resources, films and reviews

Documentary.net

Enjoy the best place for watching free and legal documentaries. Feel free to share good docs or share your thoughts by commenting the films.

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YouTube!? Yes, why not...

One of the newest and cheaper forms of sharing your documentary films all over the world it is uploading them to Youtube or other movie broadcast site and make as much disclosure possible.

You just need a Digital Video Camera to start shooting the documentary scenes you need and then a good Video Editing Software so you can edit your film and be able to upload it to one of the video sharing sites you will find below.

List of other sites where you can upload your finished movies

  • Break

    Break is the premier online entertainment destination for guys between 15-35 who come to Break to enjoy the best content online, helping show over 12,000,000 videos and 5,000,000 pictures daily.

  • Corrent

    Your world. View. (here thanks to helpdeskian)

  • DailyMotion

    Video sharing platform with multiple video search options. You can join groups of people who publish videos based on a common interest.

    Magisto

    Make a video.

  • Metacafe

    At Metacafe you can upload a trailer of your documentary and make it "famous"!

  • OurMedia

    A great site where you can upload audio, video, images, and text and share them with the world. The OurMedia community contains over 100,000 members.

  • Revver

    It is an on-line media network who share the advertising revenue with you.

  • Snotr

    The ultimate place for great videos.

  • Veoh Video Network

    Veoh is an open platform for content publishers of all sizes and sophistication who want to reach tomorrow’s television audience.

  • Viddler

    On Viddler you can: upload your videos, record them using a webcam, post comments and tags anywhere along your videos, share your videos through RSS and iTunes, and all this completely FREE!

  • Video.google

    Got videos you want the world to see? Instantly share your video with the world.

  • Vimeo

    Video sharing for you!

  • Yahoo Video

    Yahoo’s version of online video. Similar to Google video, but done the Yahoo way.

  • Zapiks

    No cats flushing toilets here, only first class action sports videos!

Here we go!

OK, now you have no excuses! Start writing your documentary argument and begin filming it.

Good luck!

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chantelg4 8 years ago from Northern Ontario

Interesting hub, it would be neat to create my own. "The Rise and Fall of Internet Marketing Mom" Perhaps?


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you for commenting chantelg4! I bet you would make a great documentary. Why don´t you start one right now? Maybe this time it will be just upwards! ;)


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pjdscott 8 years ago from Durham, UK

Super hub funride! I also like using my DV cam to record life as we know it. If only I had more time...


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you for your kind comment pjdscott! I know exactly what you mean, I also only have time to make some family videos.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

I agree this will make a great video for the future generations if they want to know more about them. Who knows they might inspired.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Yes lets hope they inspire good things! I supose everyone likes to watch them selfs when they were childs. At least I like to see some of the 8mm films that my father made when I was child.


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Angela Harris 8 years ago from Around the USA

What a great idea, Funride. You've got me thinking now.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you Angela. I´m glad I did ;)

Now you just have to start filming :D.


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helpdeskian 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

Great hub Funride! i would just add they can also find tips and upload there videos and documentaries to http://www.current.com and share it with the world. maybe even get on TV! I love that channel. Its all user uploaded content.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you so much helpdeskian! Hope you don´t mind, I´ve added that link to the hub ;)


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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

Great hub, funride. BTW, I nominated you for mayor of the HP city.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Eheheheh! Thank you Peter, I´m very honour. I´m finally getting to the top! 3LOL


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flyingphreak 8 years ago from Las Vegas NV

Very interesting.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you Kyle, I´m glad you liked!


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flyingphreak 8 years ago from Las Vegas NV

I love documentaries man and I wish I owned a camera because I would film everything!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Perhaps it´s time to you to start thinking on getting one and begin your career on documentaries industry ;)


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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

Great resources for a documentary. Thanks!


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sunstreeks 8 years ago from Western Washington

Very Cool Hub!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you for your comments. I´m glad you both enjoyed it!


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

Nice work here Funride.I wish I had time to bite off another project. This would be it.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thanks Alexis, I bet you will make a wonderful documentary about gardening or even better, one on woodburning ;)


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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

Nice funride, thanks for the info. I have been filming off and on the growth of my three Autistic children. Now, if you could just tell me how to edit......

Donna


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Donna, welcome to hubpages! I´m glad you enjoyed it ;)

If you don´t mind I will try to help you on how to edit through email.


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lacyleathers 8 years ago from US

Great info! Those of us behind on the digital age (me ...yes me...) are grateful!


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal Author

Thank you for comment, Lacy. I bet you will catch all of us in no time ;)


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mulberry1 7 years ago

Great hub. It's always nice to find new creative endeavors!


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funride 7 years ago from Portugal Author

Hey Christine, thanks. Are you thinking of making a documentary film/video? Please don´t forget to share it with us ;)


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mrfren 7 years ago from Amritsar

Gre8 info.M very thankful to u


Sean Coyne 6 years ago

Im only 14, im from Liverpool, England. I always create HD documentaries with my Bridge camera.


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funride 6 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Sean, thanks for stopping by. Where can I watch your documentaries? Take care :)


Rossimobis 5 years ago

I previously wrote an article about Haiti title Almost There and these particular article led me right now to Haiti and my intension is to make a documently about the suffering of the entire nation almost two years after the earthquake and as well what the masses feel about the new administration.I am still doing cople of research and ny mid may will begin footage and your advice above gave me more insight on what to do to make my work a pleasant one.


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funride 5 years ago from Portugal Author

Hi Rossimobis, very nice to meet you. I`m glad this hub has helped you and I hope you share your work with us as soon as it`s ready ;)

Looking forward to watch your documentaries :)


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Rossimobis 5 years ago from Biafra

Writing is my hubby especially short fiction stories but my wife advised me to make a short film even if it would be a documentary so as an amarture,i began sourcing the internet for information on how to make a good documentary,i even wrote couple of film makers seeking advice then i pumped into you while searching here in our circle so i was emotionally compelled after reading the great insigt you set up here to let you know that you made my dream come true because the amazing documentary about Zimbabwe taught me a lot on what to do to amaze my admirers.

Thanks for the great information shared here,voted up and useful.


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Maximizer 4 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

This was really informative. I'm just getting into filmmaking and these are some great sites. I'll be bookmarking this for when I get to my first documentary.

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