Documentaries are a form of video production used to tell a compelling story to your audience. Each documentary follows a story arch which is developed during pre-production and further refined in the production and post-production process. These films are commonly more time intensive to produce than corporate or promotional videos due to the extensive pre-production and post-production work required if the film is designated for broadcast or theatrical release.
Documentaries can explore countless different subjects and stories. What drives the success of a documentary is the uniqueness and captivation of your story in the eyes of the viewer. With a great story, documentaries can be delivered in several formats such as docu-series, documentary features and documentary short subject.
A docuseries is a group of documentary films which are presented and viewed as a series. These include limited series which are usually 3 to 6 episodes in length and cannot be extended to allow for new episodes.
A documentary feature is a documentary film with a running time over 40 minutes in length. This is the most traditional form of documentary and is commonly viewed in theaters and online streaming sites.
A documentary short subject is a documentary film with a running time under 40 minutes in length. These films can explore a variety of non-fictional subjects using several storytelling methods such as live filming, reenactments, animation and more.
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Documentaries are a great tool for any filmmaker wanting to get on the big screen and share their story with the world. Creating compelling and noteworthy documentaries will get your work noticed by film festival judges and distributors, establishing yourself in the film industry and helping you secure funding for future documentary projects.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Documentaries are a form of non-fictional film intended to tell a story or educate the viewer. Documentaries can come in a variety of lengths including docu-shorts under 40 minutes in length, docu-series which tell a story over several episodes, and feature length documentaries.
DCI 4k is the cinema standard for 4k video. Compared to UHD 4k which is 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall, DCI 4k is slightly wider at 4096 pixels while sharing the same height of 2160 pixels. While UHD 4k is standard for consumer televisions and monitors, DCI 4k is the standard for movie theatre projectors.
B-roll includes any footage cut into the video which is not part of the main shot or interview. Think of this as supplemental footage which helps deliver your message and ads interest to the video.