Documentary Video in 60 Seconds
Filming a documentary is all about telling a true story. It is your job to make that interesting and engaging.
While always sticking to truth and ensuring that facts are correct you can construct the documentary in a similar way to a drama, with a cast of characters and a beginning, middle and end.
Think about supporting interviews and required footage to tell the story. Once you have that planned and a workable timeline for your documentary, look at how you position your ingredients to have the greatest impact, paying careful attention to not overdo it.
Use the tools of drama without turning the truth into fiction. Never make inflexible assumptions about what your content should be. Instead, let the facts speak and support them with interviews and evidence.
The reputation and appeal of documentary films has never been higher. There are so many stories to investigate and tell, from what governments and global corporations are up to, to what is happening in your own community.
Learn more about Documentary Video on Tuts+:
The Documentary Interview
This course will prepare you to conduct interviews smoothly and professionally, in order to tell a documentary story.
The Dramatic Documentary: Telling True Stories with Fact and Feeling
Documentary is non-fiction, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dramatic. The best documentaries balance presentation of facts with entertainment to capture an audience’s imagination. This article looks at documentary as a form of drama and explores how you can use storytelling techniques in factual works.
How To Find and Choose a Documentary Subject
In this tutorial, Slavik Boyechko looks at the best ways to research and find documentary subjects.
This is part of a new series of quick video tutorials on Tuts+. We’re aiming to introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you’d like to see explained in 60 seconds!