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09/04/2019

How can I make a documentary?

QUESTION
How can I make a documentary?
I’m a high school senior, never have I touched a video camera in my life, but recently I went to a film festival last week and watched a documentary by Morgan Spurlock and I fell in love with it. From that point I really liked the idea of making a documentary( I do have ideas), I don’t know where to start. Thi is the part where I hope you guys can help me out.

ANSWER
Steps for making a documentary:

1.Select a topic or issue and do enough research on it so you are knowledgeable about it.

2. Visit places and interview people relevant to this topic or issue. Obviously you will need a helper/assistant to operate your video camera while you do the interviewing and “voice over” commentary.

3.Once you have a “collection” of taped material, you will need, of course, the proper technical equipment to edit and enhance your material with graphics. In this process, you should roughly follow the guidelines for writing an essay:
a. Begin with an attention-getting introduction that introduces your issue and states your main focus.
b. Develop your main ideas with specific examples (documentation part of your “documentary”)
c, Have a coherent, convincing easy-to-follow sequence of scenes/interviews
d. Finish with insights/conclusions about your issue, based on what you presented in the
documentary.

Hope these suggestions help.