To trigger us into considering a structure and/or message for our documentaries we were given a masterclass in what makes a good story and challenged us to consider whether our film fit these criteria as yet.
What makes a good story:
-ACCESS to the subject
-Intellectual and Emotional tie to the film
-Possibly raises more questions that it answers
We were given the opportunity to have a masterclass from documentary maker Liz Banks who showed us a couple of her short films and told us how she started in the film industry (as a secretary) and how her background influenced her filmmaking.
These were some of the points I found interesting:
Consider the drama/performance style as a possibly within documentary
“Documentary enables me to tell as close to the truth as I can”
Bring in your own experience
Challenge the established form
Play and experiment with sound
Avoid voice over unless completely necessary (voice of god style)