Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Making a short Documentary

Documentaries are meant to be eye-openers! Three adjectives underline any documentary ““ insightful, informative and illuminating. 
Crucial content and purpose are to the power and appeal of documentaries. When other films help us escape the world, these films return us to it with 
clarity and passion. 

To start your Doc. keep in mind:
  • You will need Access to your subject
  • A good Pitch line (thesis statement)
  • Don't drag it out. Get it done!
  • Have lots of  B-Roll
  • Audio has to be great

Below is some idea example:
  • Find someone that can do something amazing, like play a concerto, or sculpt a beautiful animal, or sing like a bird, or something you think is great, and then give them an image that completely doesn’t fit that great gift, at all. Have that person in several situations where they are socially criticized. Show that you should never ever judge a book by it’s cover by filming them doing their thing– after they are put down or hurt, or judged by a group. 
  • We, as a society, are embracing technology without fully understanding the long-term ramifications of this decision. Analyse the society we live in today, and conclude, if we are heading the right way, or jeopardising our future generations.
  • Pick a local eatery yo have access to and show how they make the food and how it effects the community.

Watch all the examples below. Note how effective each is even though they are very short.

UP THERE from Jon on Vimeo.

Nilo's Story from Omar Khalifa on Vimeo.

Re-inventing the Cupcake: Kumquat Cupcakery *food curated* from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

Stella's Voice from Cooke Pictures on Vimeo.

"A Life In The Day" from John Mayer on Vimeo.

The Lift from guyphenix on Vimeo.
Cafe Lago from Katharine Rea Mundo on Vimeo.