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  • J. Horton

How to Make a Great Documentary


  1. Start with a strong concept: A great documentary starts with a compelling idea that addresses a specific topic or issue in an interesting and unique way.

  2. Research thoroughly: Gather as much information as possible on your topic through interviews, research, and by reviewing existing materials.

  3. Create a strong narrative: Organize your information into a clear and compelling story that engages the audience and keeps them interested.

  4. Use a variety of visual elements: Incorporate a mix of footage, photographs, and other visual elements to bring your story to life.

  5. Tell the story from different perspectives: Consider interviewing a variety of people with different perspectives on the topic to give the audience a well-rounded understanding.

  6. Keep it visually interesting: Use different camera angles, shots and movements to keep the visuals interesting and engaging for the viewer.

  7. Use appropriate background music: Use background music that enhances the emotions and mood of the story, and avoid music that distracts from the message of the film.

  8. Edit effectively: Use editing techniques to create a smooth and cohesive story that keeps the audience engaged.

  9. End with a strong conclusion: Sum up your story and leave the audience with a strong message or call to action.

  10. Promote your documentary: Utilize social media, press releases, and other promotional tools to get your documentary seen by a wide audience.

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