Adele Schmidt - Documentary Coach

Zeitgeist Media


Through one on one consultations, workshops and coaching on documentary film making, the documentary coach helps experienced and emerging documentary filmmakers on their projects by giving them the tools to improve their skills at all stages of the filmmaking process. Whatever stage you are in -- researching your topic (pre-production), shooting your film (production), or editing (post-production), the Documentary Coach can help you to move your project to the next level and to bring your film through the finish line.

Making a documentary is like running a marathon. In order to get to the finish line you need a strategy, lots of recourses, technical skills and persistence.

In the past 15 years I have produced, directed and edited more than six long format award winning documentary films that have all been broadcast on National Public Television. These documentaries have participated in more than 50 national and international film festivals and have been distributed on multiple different platforms, from traditional mainstream distribution to non-traditional self-distribution.

Throughout my filmmaking career I have mentored a considerable number of filmmakers on their projects. Coaching documentaries comes out of my love for storytelling and my fascination with story structure. It has always been a passion for me to see new projects grow and succeed.

There are a lot of challenges to overcome in the documentary filmmaking process.  Knowing that there is an expert who has confronted most of these challenges and who is there for you to share the experience and expertise in the field from pre-production to production, and from postproduction to distribution will lighten the weight of your production.

Wherever you are in your production cycle, contact me and request a consultation if you think that you are in need of a coach who will help you to bring your project to the next level.

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Documentary Coaching and Story Consulting

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“Adele was an incredible asset to our film project, helping to guide us through the logistics and business of making a film. Her focus is on getting things done, and she was able to draw on her considerable production experience to help us chart a course to completion. At the same time, Adele remained sensitive to the feeling and flow of the film, and provided great creative input to the storytelling.”

Bernice Steinhardt

Executive Producer

“Through The Eye of The Needle – The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz”

Adele Schmidt, Documentary Coach

Workshops on documentary filmmaking to help find your story, budget for your film, improve your visual storytelling and interviewing techniques and help architect the structure of your film.

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