What is NG DOCS?
NG DOCS is a documentary filmmaking program designed for 17-22 year olds to tell the real-life story of the Guard from their own perspective. It is NOT a recruitment program, but an opportunity to capture the real world of the Guard through your own lens.

 

If selected, you’ll travel to a Guard unit and spend five intensive days behind the scenes of a major national support service to shoot interviews, edit on the fly, learn from seasoned pros and create a powerful documentary. Your stay and transportation costs are provided for by NG DOCS.

 

The 2008 doc premiered at the prestigious AFI Dallas International Film Festival, and is NOW SHOWING on Direct TV.

 

How do I enter to become an NG DOCS filmmaker?

Join our mailing list and you’ll be the first to know the next opportunity to apply for the NG DOCS program. In the meantime, hope you’ll check out past documentaries created by our youth film crews.

 

What happens if I’m selected for a documentary crew?

If selected, you’ll travel to a guard unit and spend five intensive days behind the scenes of a major national support service to shoot interviews, edit on the fly, learn from seasoned pros and create a powerful documentary.

Your stay and transportation costs are provided for by NG DOCS.

 

Is this a summer camp?

Not at all. NG DOCS is an action-packed week of documentary filmmaking, where you and your team will spend five intensive days with the Guard to develop, produce and shoot your documentary. You and your fellow doc crew members are responsible for all aspects of the documentary.

 

Who is eligible for NG DOCS?

You must be between the ages of 17-22 during production.

 

I have no experience in film. Does that count against me?
There is absolutely no experience necessary to be on a NG DOCS crew. You just need to have a passion for filmmaking and a willingness to make a documentary with a team of your peers. We’ll fill you in on the rest.

 

Where and when will NG DOCS crews be this year?
Join our mailing list and you’ll be the first to know the next opportunity to apply for the NG DOCS program. In the meantime, hope you’ll check out past documentaries created by our youth film crews.

 

How much is this program going to cost me?
There are no tuition or application fees for NG DOCS. Your stay and transportation costs are provided for by the program.

 

What happens during the NG DOCS production week?
You're going to learn how to make a documentary, and then you're going to make one. Interns, along with our seasoned directors and producers, will show you everything you need to know to produce your documentary film.

 

You'll get tech training on all the equipment, business training from producers who will teach you how to arrange for film permits, craft services and more. Our producers will also walk you through the process of arranging interviews and planning your shots, storyboards and scheduling.

 

Each of our four NG Docs crews will each be assigned a Guard unit and Guard subjects to follow, B-roll to shoot, and segments to edit. As a crew, you’ll work together, get in there and actually make your doc. For more information on production week, check out the Production Process.

Can I be the director?
No one filmmaker will be selected over another to serve in any crew position for the duration of the production week. As a NG DOCS filmmaker, you will rotate through several crew positions, including camera, sound, assistant director, etc. Our instructors will act as the producer, director and technical director of the docs, but they will work closely with your team, teaching you all aspects of those roles.

 

What equipment are we going to use?
Get ready to start drooling! You will be handed HD camera equipment and provided professional editing stations where you’ll do the primary edit of your doc. Since we’re stuffing a lot of action into one week, the final edit and polish of the doc will take place at NG DOCS headquarters, by a team of in-house editors committed to making your work premiere and festival-ready.

 

How do I intern with NG DOCS?
Interns are chosen from our alumni of former NG Docs and Fresh Films filmmakers. For more information on becoming an intern for this program, email info@fresh-docs.com.

 

What was the subject of the past documentary films?
For 2009, the NG DOCS program went behind the scenes to explore how the National Guard is redefining what it means to be "green." The four-part documentary follows four Guard units in Texas, Nevada, Minnesota and South Carolina to learn about the Guard's different green initiatives and decide how green the Guard can be.


The 2008 doc followed the Iowa National Guard heroes behind the catastrophic Midwest floods. Created by 16 high school and college students, the documentary "Two Rivers in Iowa" premiered at the prestigious AFI Dallas International Film Festival, and is NOW SHOWING on Direct TV. You can also see it right here.

 

If you have a question we did not already answer, email info@fresh-docs.com.

 

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