All of the Happy,
None of the Hassle
Guided by an experienced filmmaker, create
an inspiring documentary short film from initial idea to final video in 6 weeks or less!
- provides a creative outlet & fun weekend projects
- utilizes technology that’s easy, affordable, & mobile
- sharpens critical thinking & executive function skills
- offers anytime/anywhere access, home or on-the-go
- aligns with personal, academic, & community causes
3 Hours of
Easily digestible video lessons help students visually understand documentary storytelling and production.
Students are guided through step-by-step exercises to create their own documentaries, including samples to follow.
6 Weeks of
Throughout the 6-week course, ask the instructor for help or clarification and receive a response within 24 hours.
Students are invited to discuss filmmaking issues and share their work with peers for feedback and encouragement.
Each completed student film receives a personalized instructor review to note strengths and areas of improvement.
Online Film Feature
Students who submit a completed film receive a certificate of achievement and are invited to have their films featured online.
What our students say…
“This course was really fun for my daughter. She learned an incredible amount and would love to keep working on her filmmaking skills.” ~ Emily M.
“The information was presented clearly and made each step seem achievable. I was so impressed with my son’s final film!”
~ Ruth P.
“Thank you so much for all the feedback and help you gave on my documentary film! This course was an awesome experience!”
~ Ella H.
“April is very passionate about seeing her students reach their full potential. This course challenged my son more than any other!”
~ Melissa R.
“This class improved my skills greatly, and I like that the aim is creativity. Instructor response time was fast too.”
~ Matthew T.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. All courses are delivered within a secure course platform so that classroom interactions are conducted in a safe space. All course content is rated G. However, students are encouraged to watch short documentaries on YouTube, which requires parental guidance for students under the age of 13.
No. However, to successfully complete the program, students need prerequisite skills in reading and writing. Also, keep in mind that younger students will need more assistance from parents or guardians throughout the course. For optimal learning outcomes, we recommend ages 10-15, although readiness is best determined by skill level, maturity, and interest. To determine if your child is ready, please watch the sample video below.
Yes. However, this program focuses on principles of filmmaking and storytelling. To concentrate on learning these critical skills, technology requirements are purposely simplified. This program also teaches complete, start-to-finish smartphone production to provide new filmmakers with easy, accessible, on-the-go technology. NOTE: We are only able to provide instructional support for the equipment and software recommended in the course. Support for all other equipment is the responsibility of the student.
All purchases are final. However, we understand that this program may not be for everyone. For this reason, we’ve provided a sample video below for you to view before enrolling. We’re also available via email for questions. In the event of an emergency that prevents your student from completing a course, contact us to reschedule the start date.
Watch a sample course video –
April Denée Brown is a documentary filmmaker located in Charlotte, NC. Founding March Blake Media in 2010, she has produced short documentaries as well as a feature-length film.
April has also taught college-level courses, published news stories, written and directed stage plays, and facilitated script workshops. She holds an MA in English and a BA in Psychology.
At March Blake Media, we make documentaries that inspire joy and positive action. Since 2010, we’ve provided production services for clients such as Wells Fargo and Knight Foundation.
Our grant-supported feature documentary, “BUSK! – The Heart of Street Performance,” premiered in 2013 and has been viewed over 6,000 times in 90 countries.