71 – Making a Netflix Docuseries with Flint Town Producer, Gary Kout
By The Documentary Life
These are pretty amazing times for documentary filmmakers. Not only have the popularity of documentary films increased exponentially, not only are there far more resources available these days to doc filmmakers, but the distribution platforms that are out there are plentiful, not the least of which are the Netflixs, Hulus, and Amazons of the world. And now, these distro platforms have opened the doc playing field to the long form, the docuseries. And for episode #71 we speak with Gary Kout, producer of Netflix series, Flint Town, about the journey that Flint Town took from a short film to a full-fledged Netflix-budgeted documentary series. Topics Discussed how a short film became a full-fledged Netflix docuseries how a distro platform like Netflix can best be approached how a company like Netflix decides to fund a docuseries project how Netflix makes editorial decisions with a filmmaker tips on selling your docuseries to Netflix 5 Tips for Producing Your Docuseries Killer Pitch Sizzle Reel Don't Make Reality TV Secure the Rights to the Story Be Friendly, Don't Be Their Friends Related Resources ° NY Times Op-Doc, Policing Flint Check out the short film that became the Netflix docuseries, Flint Town: https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000004953212/policing-flint.html ° Watch the trailer for Flint Town https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfNURrdgWTU ° Watch the T. Rexdocumentary trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkHGARt38Gw Sponsors & Thank You's Free Music Archive - Special Thank You to recording artist, Dlay who supplied music for this week's episode of TDL. You too can download his music or other artist's music by going to Free Music Archive today! Subscribe Apple | Spotify | Stitcher | Rate and Review If you have found value in this podcast please leave a review so it can become more visible to others. Simply click the link and then click on the Ratings and Reviews tab to make your entry. Thank you for your support!