This tip was provided by a journalism student: when calling up subjects or potential interviewees, always assume that they won’t be available between the hours of 11AM and 2PM to account for differing lunch schedules.
Michael Rabiger is Professor Emeritus at Columbia College, the director of documentaries for the BBC and independently, and the author of the worldwide best-selling books, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics, Directing the Documentary and Developing Story Ideas.
Have you ever put off getting b-roll and cutaways by telling yourself or your crew “we’ll just get these later…” You won’t!
Documentary films often have the rather vague goal of “social change.” That could mean any number of things depending on who you ask, but here are five tangible examples of doc-makers doing awesome stuff which definitely had an impact…
Interviewees don’t have to be present when you’re setting up lighting and camera equipment. In fact, it’s often better if they’re out of the room so you can concentrate and don’t have to bother with small-talk.
In Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers a horrifying family secret.