The Filmmaking Methodology Evolves

Taking the Hassle Out of Filmmaking

Many thanks to DigRefer and Entertainment Entrepreneurship. I was one of those artists selected for the think tank that was done in conjunction with Thrillumentary. We had a great time deconstructing the way films are being made in the digital age but then took it one step further and developed a process for those who are solopreneurs, usually introverts, who want to make motion pictures but without having the hassle of coordinating a large group. In the case of what we developed it was only dependent on having actors, but surely soon this will be a time of digital actors, with animation of realistic looking figures.

Avoid Pain

I love the way that the discussion of what we did was based in the concept of emerging artist being and info seller. The key being that the information was solving some problem of some audience who really needed the solution. And of course since in this day and age there are many possible solutions involving media, the recommended technique is to try to solve a problem that hurts. Avoiding pain as a solution always trumps a solution that just solves a problem.

Gradually Your Art Becomes the Star

People want to avoid pain, and if there is a way for them to do so, you will have a valuable info product. And remember dear artists of all kinds, you can initially show your art alongside the info, then as time progresses because many will have been exposed to your art through your info projects, many of them will become fans of your art. That’s where you can start inching closer and closer to not having to be so much info-solving-problem-oriented. Your art can become the star instead of your info.

Find the Solution

And I loved how Entertainment Entrepreneurship recognized the importance of having an info product that appealed a great deal to your audience. One way of finding the right solution to a problem is through doing research. It can be somewhat informal, with the goal being to find out first hand how your solution resonates or maybe does not. Simply go on to another idea or even get the research subject actively involved potentially giving you the solution to the problem you need!

Are You the One?

Funny how DigiRefer felt that solopreneur’s are an often ignored demographic. I quite agree but had never really thought about as such with such focus. They are an underserved demographic ripe for bringing solutions to! Are YOU the one to do so?

Elevator Speech

Are you a documystery filmmaker who also does other media services for clients? If yes then you have likely heard of the term “Elevator Pitch” meaning being able to talk about what you do for a living in the length of time it would take you to ride in an elevator.

Now that USA Create is a reality, the founder of it is adding the collective into his elevator speech. We show you now his elevator speech at the time of writing this which could change/evolve at any moment to something else. Here now it is it at the present moment:

“Hi. I’m a Website Marketing Guy therefore you can reach me at I have a company called USAcreate. We create online marketing made in the USA. What makes us different from other marketing companies is that we specialize in promoting those in the mind/body/spirit space and have created a special website just for that which is called The concept is that your story is your most powerful promotional tool. What’s your story?”

So there you have it. Things that our founder talks about in the elevator. What’s your elevator speech?

Publicity is Easier to Get than Ever Before

Market Your Movie

It used to be difficult to promote. There was only a few options and these were run by people who were gatekeepers. Now with social media it is a simple task to “put out there” your latest project. The only problem is that everyone is doing it and some are more successful at it than others. In other words you can get lost in the shuffle.

Market Your Process

Are you working on a movie and would like to be able to market your process? Then it is important to to align yourself with allies, specifically bloggers. In this brief article ArtisticPreneur gives some tips on why and how to do this. Gets New Page

Jumping for joy over ArtisticPreneur'com's Web Page
At we’re jumping for joy over’s new page.

Under a Microscope

A website that we watch closely here at DocuMystery Central is Why? Because this website leans toward being an informational marketing site.

ArtisticPreneurial Growth

The rumor is that has planned on adding several new pages in the next couple of months. As of this writing there is a new pull-down submenu in the About section. The name of the new page is Mission and Vision.

Out of its Element

The interesting thing about the new page is that fact that it has a Mission and Vision at all. It’s usually nonprofit sites that do this. Also when we read the Mission and Vision it proved to be very idealistic. The collective of media artists freelancers at tend to be realists, or even cynical.

Is America Getting Better or Worse?

How then does a group of realists put as their Mission/Vision page something so clearly full of “hope?” I mean, isn’t the evidence out there that our country has been hijacked? Things keep getting worse and worse. How then the hope?

Hoping for Hope

Having hope is something some artists have. We hope hope will spread along the lines of this pull-down submenu.

How to Make a No Budget DocuMystery

No Budget Movie
You probably already have a mobile phone and a computer. And that’s all you need to make a no budget film. In fact, if need be, you could not only shoot your movie on your phone but even edit your movie with it!

Want to Make a Documystery but don’t have a Budget? Not a Problem. This Blog post Will Show You How.

First off. Recognize the resources that you have available to you. Or as the folks at put it:

“Take stock of what you have and make a movie about it: Just looking around my office I’ve got handcuffs, an old Kodak Duaflex II, and an interesting crawl space inside a closet. Boom! Movie about a serial killer who handcuffs his victims inside a crawl space and takes photos of them right before he kills them.”

Two in One?

The next step is really two in one. The writing of the screenplay and the possible use of improvisation per

“If you have a plan, write a screenplay. It doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to follow it 100%. It just gives you a great outline to start with. If you want, you can just write the scenes and have the actors improvise their lines.”

Shooting Your Masterpiece

Now that you’re officially in production here are some tips from

“Don’t worry about filming in sequence. You might have to work around people’s schedules, so shoot out of order if necessary. This can be fixed in editing. Remember to be careful not to “cut” the scene pre-maturely. Some of the best films were created during the “unscripted” moments. Also, don’t forget to take close-ups and different angles of the same scene to have plenty of footage to use when editing.”

Editing and Promoting Your Film

We’ve lumped these two steps together because you really should be promoting your film all along.

Meanwhile, there are tons of really inexpensive or even free types of editing software out there. Pick one and learn how to use it as you are editing your movie.

What about promotion and marketing? A lot of people use social media to do so which is fine. But if you do, make sure you are willing to stay the course. By this we mean start documenting the behind-the-scenes of your movie from the very beginning if possible, followed by presenting every stage of your filmmaking process.

A Behind-the-Scenes Blog?

Don’t under estimate the power of doing a free blog. If you can update your blog as much as possible. And also be sure to link all your social posts to your blog.

What About Distribution?

Try to do this without spending anything on it. Check on Vimeo’s latest options as well as consider using YouTube’s “unlisted” option which means only those with the link can actually find your finished motion picture.

Congratulations, you’re done!

Time to start on your next picture.

DocuMystery Filmmakers: Become a Guest Blogger or Interviewee if You are Working in the Thrillumentary Genre as well as are Inspired by the 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead”

Judith O'Dea of "Night of the Living Dead" inspired the DocuMystery and Thrillumentary genres.
Our in person interview with Judith O’Dea of the 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead” inspired the development of the DocuMystery and Thrillumentary genres and filmmaking processes.

Movie Process

Calling all those of you out there who have made a film using a cell phone on an extremely low or no budget. If you would like to be an Interviewee or Guest Blogger on the DocuMystery website and blog, we would love to hear from you. You can get in contact with us here.

We believe that if you know the process then you can make a movie. And a great source for us to learn about the no budget filmmaking approach consists of those who have worked on motion pictures such as the amazing 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead.”

And as luck would have it, we at Lights Camera Read landed an interview with Judith O’Dea who plays Barbara, the leading role in the “Night of the Living Dead.” She gave the interview for a good cause which was helping the nonprofit sponsored organization Lights Camera Read with its educational DigiComArts Workshops  at the New York Public Library.

Ms. O’Dea had lots to say about a number of different topics that included how to break into the industry as an actor, why “Night of the Living Dead” has remained popular for so long, as well as of course some of the filmmaking process strategies that were implemented on “Dead.” Unfotunately we are unable to provide a transcript of the interview which was shot using video.


Another film in the DocuMystery genre includes the digital movie experiment known as “Thrillumentary.” Thrillumentary started a day by day documenting of their process in August of 2016. The filmmaker stuck to only doing three steps a day taking him from development to getting the movie “in the can” by 2018. Although the picture was not edited, most important to him was that it proved that you could make a motion picture with virtually no budget and no crew.

It should be noted that the “DocuMystery” genre as well as the “Thrillumentary” one intersect at many points. And that’s not all, they both utilize a specific methodology. It’s a little known fact that this methodology is called The MultiMedia Movie Making Matrix and Methodology or the 6M approach. But enough with the shop talk, the most important thing is that it is…

Your Turn Now!

As we mentioned we are looking for those who work in the “Thrillumentary” and “DocuMystery” genres as well as utilize a “No Budget” technique. Please contact us now with a link to your work. If we are interested we will contact you to be a Guest Blogger or Interviewee.

We are additionally interested in those who are making movies and using “Product Placement” to help cover the budget. This was an approach that was used successfully by Digital Marketer Y. Stamas back in 2012.

You can also reach us through the folks at DigiRefer which is a site that if you’re a digital freelancer you should get in touch with. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Is DocuMystery a New Genre?

"...Where is she now?" is a recent DocuMystery
“…Where is she now?” is a recent DocuMystery

Here at the website we’ve lately been looking at the question “Is DocuMystery a New Genre?” We know it’s a methodology for actually making “no budget” movies, but can its motion picture content be described by the title DocuMystery also?

Case in point are two college film professors: John Henry Richardson (director/writer) and Mark Mockett (co-writer). These professors made a film in 2015 called “…Where is she now?” which chronicles the lives of their actual film students including a young woman name Marita who runs away the night before graduation. Its story reads like a mystery yet it is also a documentary, hence they call it a DocuMystery.

Another documentary with a mystery component that also calls itself a DocuMystery is “The Woodmans” by director Scott Willis. The picture introduces the viewers to the Woodmans family whose dedication to artistic ideas brings them both success and tragedy. The main focus of the DocuMystery is Francesca Woodman, a talented and driven young woman. She is a quite prolific artist who mysteriously kills herself at age 22. Exploring the reasons why the early death become the central focus of the DocuMystery.

Yet another example of a film that calls itself a DocuMystery is entitled “Maratus.” When a Canberra garbage collector takes a photo of a spider in Namadgi National Museum and posts it online, he gets a call from a scientist telling him i might be an undiscovered species. There follows an epic three-year quest to re-find the spider which is why the project is called a DocuMystery.

And yet another motion picture that calls itself a DocuMystery is “Thrillumentary.” “Thrillumentary” is the film that was done to deconstruct and track the “no budget” filmmaking system known as “DocuMystery.” Since this picture was done primarily as a learning tool it was ultimately not completed, stopping at the post production phase. But what was learned by doing the project was remarkable. It is indeed possible to make a feature length movie, working at the rate of only 3 steps a day and having a crew of one.

In the final analysis, the mere existence of 4 films including “Thrillumentary,” “Maratus,” “The Woodmans” and “…Where is she now?” seems to indicate that indeed DocuMystery is its own genre. Additionally all these pictures were done on quite low budgets which seems to affirm that DocuMystery is also a technique for making movies. Are you working on a DocuMystery? We’d love to hear from you.

A New Phase for

John Henry Richardson Makes a DocuMystery
John Henry Richardson Makes a DocuMystery was first established a number of years ago as the start of looking more seriously at “no budget filmmaking” which at the time was not as prevalent as it is today. Thanks to all those who helped us in the early days including actor Alex Corrado.

This blog entry marks the start of a new page for DocuMystery. Occasionally we will take a look at the ways that no budget filmmaking can be done today. The camera in a mobile phone is the perfect example of this, as well as being able to use free editing apps on that phone.

We will also take a look at methods for being able to use mobile phone video for other applications including doing promotions for small businesses and artisticpreneurs.