Most documentaries are independently made, and appeal to a fairly niche audience. One of their strengths is their ability to tell compelling stories about real people right now. But a gaping weakness has been people’s ability to find them. So what is best way to get your doc to its demographic?
I was impacted recently after talking with two separate editors in one day, who have subtly similar stories. I will be brief with their stories. Editor 1 spent many years working on commercials and documentaries. Burned out on commercials, he recently started working solely on documentaries, because at the core he is a storyteller and.
My notes from NAB’s 2012 documentary editing class.
Here are my raw notes from the National Assoc. of Broadcasters training day about documentary editing. You can see session two notes here. NAB Show 2012 Focus On: Documentary Editing Session 1 – “Hemingway’s Jest” by Steve Audette Character-driven narratives are key. First doc made: Nanook of the North, A Story of Life & Love.