September 6, 2014 at 2:10PM

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How to Make a No Budget Mockumentary Webseries

I would like to start a little mockumentraty about my highschool but don't really know how to write/ shoot one. Any advice on how I should structure the script and shoot it? Any help would be appreciated.

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I'd say the best thing to do is watch a few popular mockumentary-style shows/movies (The Office, Parks and Rec, Spinal Tap) and pick up on the structure and the flow. Pay particular attention to the use of cut-aways and the timing of certain events/jokes.
Then, try to develop a story that can be built off of using your high school, whether it be something involving the faculty and students, or something else that may be going on. It doesn't have to be something ongoing, it could be on an event or something like that.
As for shooting it, I suppose it depends on what you can afford/what you have available to you. When I was in school, I took a Broadcasting class, so whenever I wanted to make a short film/mockumentary, I would check-out a crappy handy-cam and a microphone and start shooting on that.

September 6, 2014 at 3:16PM

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Isaac Marquez
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First, absorb as much information as you can from stories and filmmakers you like. The search bar at the top of this new No Film School site is also an amazing resource for finding articles and resources to help you learn about storytelling. You'll find everything from the basics of formatting your screenplay to tips about creating and cultivate your own style.

As far as shooting the thing goes, Isaac is right on point. Watch a bunch of stuff and pay attention to how they did it. This isn't always easy, because its tough to stay out of the story and objectively observe the shots, edits, and structure of the story.

The logistics of actually shooting your film is an entirely different area of concentration. It doesn't have to be complicated, but the reality is that filmmaking is a collaborative effort. Without even getting into the finer details, you'll need to do some research to find out which of the many camera options best meets your needs (and which ones you can get on your budget). You'll need a means of recording audio on your shoot, and hopefully someone dedicated to handling that for you. You'll need someone to manage your production. Assuming that you'll be directing, you wont want to be worrying about who is picking up lunch, and when it will arrive.

The bottom line is educate yourself; prepare more than you think you need to; and find the right collaborators.

It's difficult to get started in this game, but if it was easy everyone would do it!

September 6, 2014 at 5:43PM

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Douglas Henderson
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Thanks For the help guys, I have a Canon r400 that I'll use and I would probably shoot during the school day between classes. I've watched The Office a lot and that's where I got the idea. If something decent comes out this, I'll post my finished work here :)

September 7, 2014 at 2:51PM, Edited September 7, 2:51PM

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What is your story?
Can you tell it in 3 sentences?
(You don't have to share it here, but make sure you can write it down for youself.)

In the opening, the first scene you want to present the subject in way that people want to keep watching :-)

There is a lot more to say, but dinner is getting cold :-p

good luck!

February 9, 2015 at 12:54PM

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WalterBrokx
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We made one a couple of years ago that did pretty well. At the time we did not know how to handle a beast called social media so it did ok. My advice would be to work ion the social media NOW find your audience and find a way to talk to them. You can check out my show it's called the Institute. It's a 70's mockumentary about a porn school. We are writing a book about how we pulled it all off for no money. Here's the link:
https://www.youtube.com/user/enrollingnow

-T

December 22, 2015 at 2:09PM

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T. Huff
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