your project is worth doing.
2. If you are in the US, start shooting. Put together a trailer and
use that to raise money.
3. News footage from the networks is easy to acquire. It is also very
4. If you don't pay people you'll need to cover their meals, travel,
hotel, etc. There is no easy way to estimate your costs. Don't learn
software - hire an editor who knows how to tell stories. If that isn't
in your budget - buy a book about how to tell stories - "Editing
Digital Video" (the one I wrote) or Walter Murch's book. Then get one
of the free software programs that does simple cuts and dissolves for
whichever computer platform you like.
5. There are standard release forms available on the web. Search.