Why did we start AOD
We know what it’s like to have a story or person make a deep impression on your life. And we know what it’s like to have the desire to get that story told and to share it with the masses. Plain and simple, there wasn’t anyone providing a step-by-step guide for making a documentary film. There were courses on the technical side of cameras and editing, but we wanted to provide a course and a community that helped you become an actual filmmaker.
It’s our goal to equip you with the practical knowledge you need and the communal support to make your idea an actual film that can be experienced on the big screen. It’s been such a thrill to have students take their idea, complete their films and get them shown in film festivals. We want more of that. God knows we need great stories told now more than ever and with technology in the place it is, there is more opportunity than ever for great stories to be told.
It’s our goal to continue to grow this community. We want to continue to provide industry leading information in our courses. We want to be able to provide funding opportunities for you and your films. We want to create a platform to share your film with the world. We are partnering with industry leading companies who share in our vision and we can’t wait to help bring your story to life.
Michael Del Monte
Michael Del Monte is a Canadian documentary filmmaker. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario and he completed his Master’s in Theology at the University of Toronto. Michael tells stories of forgotten individuals. He has completed four feature documentaries and his work has won awards at the world’s largest documentary festivals. His docs have been acquired by the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, ESPN, Sundance Now, VICE, CBC and more.
Mark Bone is a passionate, award winning, multi-talented documentary and commercial director based in Toronto, Canada. Mark was first inspired to pursue documentary filmmaking when he spent time as an aid worker during the Darfur war helping refugees who were fleeing into Egypt.
Mark has directed numerous documentaries, including his heart pounding CNN FILMS documentary; 58 HOURS, which chronicles the heroic rescue of Jessica McClure the fallout from that event. Mark is also known for his highly accoladed film Rescate which chronicles the heroics of volunteer paramedics in the Dominican Republic. He recently released, No Country is an Island, which is a first hand look at the tragic Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka. This past year he also released Battleground which was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere.
Mark has also directed many commercial campaigns for global brands such Mercedes Benz, Nike, BMW and Nikon. His work focuses on characters in the midst of conflict or crisis, capturing their story with a dynamic cinematic verite style.
Mark is devoted to teaching and mentoring emerging filmmakers. He started his YouTube Channel (110K subs) to impart of the first hand knowledge he’s garnered shooting his own films as well as working on set in over 35+ countries from IMAX movies, to small documentary crews for BBC and even DP’ing for Academy Nominated Director Atom Egoyan.
AOD was birthed out of a passion to see other filmmakers find a simpler route to realize and create the films of their dreams all while building a sustainable and profitable career as a filmmaker.