Tips from the Workshop

Every year at the Producers Workshop, public media veterans speak about the art, ethics, and skills of good storytelling. Highlights from some of the 2011 and 2013 sessions have been edited into these tips for filmmakers.

writing

Writing


Good writing is essential to good filmmaking. Learn why, and learn how to challenge yourself as a writer.
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editing and post production

Editing and Post-Production


How do you hire the right editor? How should you use music? Recognize some of the personal, editorial, and technical problems—and solutions—that are part of the editing process.
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digital media

Digital Media


Filmmaking has moved beyond movie and television screens, into a world of digital platforms and online engagement. Explore ways to promote and start new projects through new media.
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transparency in journalism

Transparency in Journalism


Where do you draw your ethical line? How do you tell a story with complexity and empathy, and without a heavy-handed agenda? Learn how journalistic transparency can help you as a filmmaker.
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marketing promotion and engagement

Marketing, Promotion, and Engagement


How do you identify the audience for your project? How do you make people aware of and interested in your work? Listen to how these media makers reach out and pull in engaged viewers.
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fundraising

Fundraising


Fundraising and proposal-writing are part of the filmmaking process. How do you identify sponsors, and determine if they're right for your project?
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