What makes a Documentary Fantastic?
Purpose: Your Message, make it clear, repeat it, make every image focus on your purpose
Be Prepared: Research, research, research. Your words must be accurate.
Show Passion: Make the viewer care about your story and believe in your purpose.
Narration: Speak clearly and practice your speed and articulation.
Different Media: Combine interviews, images, and videos. You can have the audio of an interview and show images about what they are saying.
Use Captions: Explain when needed
Keep it tight: You will have about 200 words in a 2 minute movie. Pick the right words. Be clear and concise.
Parts of a Documentary
Problem: Tell the backstory. What is the setting? What is the problem? Who was involved? When did this happen?
Actions Taken: What happened and how it happened?
Outcome: What are the consequences and why should the audience care?
Impact: What was the lesson learned from your topic? What is the historical importance of your topic?
2. Britannica School (login: sled/ password: dogs1)
3. World Book Online (login: sledmeh1/ password: dogs1)
5. Symbaloo - a list of more web sources for you (Thanks Mrs. Brown!)
6. Museum websites - look for archived materials
Sources for FREE USE Images:
a comprehensive database of images
login ID: sled
Flickr: Creative Commons
A free website with images that can be used without creating citations.
Take a look at past projects