Important Elements in Documentary Making

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The process of creating a documentary film can be great, it can get quite overwhelming too, especially if you do not have any hands to help you. You end up doing everything on your own and this might mess it up since it is too much work for one person. That is why you should rely on a film production company that can help you out. Read on to know the important elements for creating a documentary and how professionals can help you out with the entire process : 

  1. Narration: You can usually notice that in documentary films, there is always a narrator explaining the visuals on the screen, in the background. Narration is an essential part of every documentary film and describes what exactly is happening in the film at every moment. The narration is typically done through the voice-over of a person or the narrator can be on screen as well- it depends on how the filmmaker has visualized the film. The narration of a good documentary has a clear and logical structure to it which helps the audience understand the message of the documentary easily.
  2. Interviews: Interviews in documentary films are shown to provide relevant context, statements from eyewitnesses along with showcasing the expert knowledge on the subject that the documentary is focussing on. These films usually show the interviewee who is present on the screen and is answering the questions asked by an off-screen interviewer who can also be the narrator of the documentary. These interviews are then tailored and stitched into the context of the documentary so well that it looks like a smooth narrative in itself.
  3. Location Shots: Location shots are typical of documentaries that are discussing about a particular place. Historical documentaries often show the place where the war took place or the palace of a famous king and are often shown at the beginning of the film as an initiation point for the narrative to start.
  4. Music and Sound: Music and sound, although not very necessary are imbibed into the documentary to add some drama and give it a slight emotional tone. Music can also generate a sense of irony in some scenes of the film and one has to keep in mind that the narrator’s and the interviewee’s voice are audible and of quality which is in line with the music in the background.
  5. Graphics: Graphics are anything that pop up on the screen which is not actually filmed by the filmmaker. These are vastly used for making documentary films and are often used in places such as the opening credits, subtitles, translated texts and closing credits. In certain situations, they are also used to breakdown the complex ideas in a visual format that the audience understands the concept or the idea better. Computer-generated graphics are also used in such films to create the images that are otherwise not available to take a shot of such as ancient buildings and extinct animals.
  6. Archive Footage: Archive footage, also known as stock footage, are shots of the film that are kept for the purposes other than that of the particular film that it is shown in. It can be used to portray various historical events to help the audience understand the historical context. Archive footage is a lot cheaper for the filmmaker to procure and is hence used by many of them. 

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