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Mistakes to be avoided in Free Documentaries

Updated on July 27, 2016

Free documentaries are watched by all types of audience irrespective of their financial status. So, the responsibility for delivering a documentary worth their time is a notch higher. You can employ strategies, choose the correct ways, but still mistakes creep in. Be careful and don’t make the common mistakes committed by the documentary makers:
Not having a theme or a question or a proper subject

It is one of the biggest mistakes committed by the documentary makers; they just go ahead with the subject which interests them without thinking twice. Sometimes, the result might be great but is rare to happen. Free documentaries must have a theme or a question. Doesn’t mean you have to change your idea, it’s just that your idea should need a driving force. Before you film, begin it by imposing the question on how you want to showcase the film. If you are too confident on the subject, you will be tricked. You might end up with a subject explored widely but there will be many installments to be made. The footage might not be that interesting.

Poor technique for recreation of events

Most of the free documentaries often follow poor techniques for recreating events, for example, if a direct wants to showcase a past event, they throw a camera wheeling or around, go low-resolution making it out of the required focus.

Avoid dramatic techniques, show in a way that can be understood by the majority audience and do not divert them from the story. The narration should be simple and understanding. The reconstruction and framing of the scenes should be great.

Film without a Vision and Bad music

By the end of the day, free documentaries must be having a strong vision which informs about the editorial and creative steps throughout the way. Like, the music of your documentary should match with the vision of yours, and so does every activity involved in the filmmaking process. You can achieve the intended goals if everyone are having the same picture in mind.

Also, music/soundtrack used in your documentary makes the mood or breaks. Don’t put your trust on the guy who promised you to deliver good music score, have strong ideas and keep a track on the music of the film. Take the responsibility; examine every activity involved in the process. Choose the perfect person who can visualize your film, who understands the intention of your idea, has the talent and knowledge and will help you in bringing your picture to life.


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