Chapter 4The Documentary Proposal

A documentary proposal is usually developed as you seek funds, or other support, for your film. Competition for documentary funds is intense. Whether you are approaching a foundation or a television network, or launching a crowd-sourced funding campaign, you need to be able to communicate your vision for your film clearly and powerfully if you expect to be successful in your fundraising efforts.

The proposal serves a second function as well. It can help you move from an idea for a film to a solid plan for production. The proposal serves as a repository for your evolving ideas about your film, and it is often rewritten several times while you are in preproduction (and even in the production and postproduction ...

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