10 Steps in Making a Documentary

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Learning how to create a documentary may be a lot of fun and doesn’t demand a film-making degree. You only need a burning need to educate story along with a willingness to figure out each step from the process.

Listed below are 10 easy-to-follow steps for making a documentary.

1. Pinpoint a documentary idea — The important thing here to select a subject you might be truly excited about.

2. Create an overview — Map out the basic structure and topics that you would like to include in your documentary. You should also think about the storytelling style — News/PBS Frontline-type style? Half documentary/Half movie with reenactments? Talking heads? Personal point of view? Observational?

3. Gather your audio visuals – Start gathering existing footage along with other audio visuals in your topic – this is often old videos, photos, audio recordings, national archives, music, etc. Then decide what new footage is required to inform your story and begin shooting. This is often interviews with experts, capturing an event for instance a horse show or football game, shooting footage of 1 of one’s characters – as an example if you are emphasizing a famous artist in your area, you need to get footage of this artist painting.

4. Produce/Edit a Trailer – Once you’ve gathered 3-5 hours of “raw footage”, start piecing together a mini-version of your documentary, also referred to as a “trailer”. A trailer is usually 3-8 minutes and captures the essence of your documentary. It is a great tool to construct buzz and help raise money for the documentary.

5. Shoot remaining footage – Continue gathering interviews and other footage to pay all of the areas you indexed by your documentary outline.

6. Catalog and organize — If you’re producing an hour-long documentary, you might have dozens, even hundreds, of hours of footage that you will want to tug from during the editing process. Make sure your entire interviews have been transcribed so you understand specifically where all of your footage is situated. You’ll find nothing worse than being “in the groove” editing and achieving to avoid and appear through every one of the footage to discover a specific shot.

7. Write a script – Even if you don’t plan to have a narrator, you should have a script to put out the basic order of your sequences, how you plan to start and handle your film, plus any interview quotes.

8. Edit your documentary — If you’ve never edited video before, you may want to start with some simple free video editing software for example Apple’s “iMovie”, although something much more sophisticated including Final Cut Express will give you more flexibility. Start your documentary off with something intriguing, unusual or controversial to catch the eye with the audience. And understand how the documentary can easily to assist determine your editing choices prior to in conclusion.

9. Upload to the net or burn to a DVD — Ensure you own the copyright to EVERYTHING in your documentary before posting on the web or making copies. Which goes for music (even ambient music playing without anyone’s knowledge), archive footage and photos.

10. Promote, Distribute and Showcase — This is actually the final step up the procedure in places you might submit your documentary to film festivals, pitch it to PBS or any other television broadcasters, upload to Amazon UnBox to offer copies of one’s documentary, possess a premiere showing, produce a public relations campaign across the launch of your documentary not to mention send out free DVDs and thank-you’s to any or all who helped you.:)

In order that is my quick, top 10 list for how to produce a documentary.

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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