Documentary films are different from action, adventure, thriller and comedy movies. Documentary is an expansive term to depict a true to life motion picture that in some way archives or catches reality. Documentaries are regularly used to uncover a bizarre, interesting or obscure point. The thought that leads to the creation of documentary films is that the filmmakers feel a specific story or perspective isn’t being covered by the media. They think that through their documentaries, they can show their perspective regarding a particular matter or the truth behind something, to the audience.
A Scottish educator adopted the term ‘documentaire’ from French. The documentary type films, however, had been prominent from the old days of filmmaking. This film genre became popular in the box office and one after another, successful documentaries were made.
What does a Documentary film mean?
Documentaries could rather be inspirational, shocking, interesting, funny or a combination of any of these. A story is created by the filmmakers either using videos and sounds of actual people or photographs – that depict some hidden facts. They edit all these together and construct a particular viewpoint or a message for the audience. Documentaries can also be made on experiences of people. Narrative movies were initially of one moment or less in length. After some time, documentaries have developed to be more in length and to incorporate more classifications, for example, instructive and observational. They are now usually of half an hour to two hours.
Documentaries have contributed fundamentally to the improvement of authenticity in movies. They take the viewers in a completely different world. Facts, about events, locations or people, are presented in documentaries. Usually, the facts are depicted using images and artifacts. Documentaries are likewise instructive and frequently utilized in schools to show different standards.
How a Documentary is made?
- Explore: When you’ve got an idea on which you want to make a documentary, explore every aspect of that idea and leave nothing behind so that your documentary covers each and everything.
- Make a list: After deciding an idea and doing research on it, create a list of the characters, storylines, emotions, interviews and everything you would likely to include in the documentary. First, know what exactly is the heart of the story and then start figuring out how to visualize it.
- Decide on the Style: Think about how your documentary would look and then style it accordingly. Surf the web or watch videos that will help you out in this task.
- Outline: Usually, the scripts of the documentaries aren’t written until there are captured images or videos about what has been discovered. Shooting often gets hectic and sometimes you are driven off from the actual idea. However, an outline can still be written to take you in the right direction.
- Use your creative mind: Use your creative mind to give a wow factor in your documentary. Creativity is a gem. Add special elements such as animations, time-lapse, etc. to make your documentary special and thus, people will love it.
Puzzles, when assembled, create a big picture. Same is the case with documentaries. You gather up the small raw pieces and create an interesting story out of them. It is an art to create something from the messy puzzles. It might seem exhausting at the start but once you start structuring them and just as the picture starts revealing, you’ll feel proud of yourself.
Documentary without words
Many documentaries include voiceovers along with pictures and videos. But, some of them have no words. ‘Baraka’ is among one of the documentaries with no words. It had been released in 1993. Having a 4/4 rating, this documentary was a hit. Ron Fricke directed the film and his hard work was shown in the outstandingly photographed scenes. It investigates topics utilizing gathering of natural events, human exercises, life and innovative wonders shot in 24 nations over a time frame of 14-months. Because of the fact that Baraka had no verbal portrayal, it allows the watcher to address and make their own decisions of what the significance of the picture was to them.
Free Solo: Most popular documentary
Free Solo was an American documentary film by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. It won the People’s choice award. At the 91st Academy Awards, Free Solo won the best documentary feature award. Yet, the film earned many more other awards like the British Academy Film Award, Critic’s Choice Documentary Award, etc. The film had a worldwide gross of around 21.8 million dollars. The camera crew was experienced climbers themselves and so it was an interesting task for them to shoot this documentary.
The story is about Alex Honnold, who is a free solo climber. He plans to accomplish his long-lasting dream of scaling the substance of 3,200 foot El Capitan, the world’s most popular rock which is in Yosemite National Park. Honnold strives to become the first free solo. Without any ropes, this would seemingly be the best accomplishment in wall climbing history. Ever since the trailer was out, people were eagerly waiting for the film to release and when it had been out in theatres, the documentary did a huge earning.