Where does one start when creating a documentary? Well it begins with a story, or an idea for a story. The short video above, featuring Ken Burns of Civil War fame, is a great way to start thinking about the process.
A documentary doesn’t have to be long, it just has to “document”. The short film above is part of a series (Move, Learn, Eat). It tells a story, albeit a simple one, of basic human concepts. Contrast this with Ken Burns’ Civil War which is 10+ hours long and you see the range of length that a documentary can be.
Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix series is a great introduction into the idea that art, and especially film, has been based on what has come before it. It is a good beginning into the concept of copyright, something the budding filmmaker should always be aware of. There are four parts to this series, so be sure to watch all of them. Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
All of the videos shown above are available on a site known as Vimeo. It is a great place to not only watch some very creative videos, but it also be a space where you can publish your own work. The alternative of course is YouTube, but that can be a more busy space and certainly has a more “commercial” feel to it. Vimeo focuses on the work itself a bit more.