Recommended Documentaries

Recommended Docs

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This is a topic where you can say which documentary has really impressed you, and why people should see it. Can be a recent one or an all-time favourite. Can't be your own though, sorry...

This topic is for praising the work of others, not your own. If you want to beat the drum for your own documentary, please don't do it here. Fans use our Public Classifieds, and Professionals have their own Shameless Self-Promotion topic.

We also have a Documentary Films topic for our Professionals where the debate is private and possibly more controversial. This topic here is for recommendations to the documentary-interested public.

John Burgan
Host

I am not sure whether documentaries are scripted before they are filmed

Generally speaking, fiction films are scripted before shooting whereas documentaries are not (with the exception of educational/didactic films which are essentially illustrated lectures. 

To be honest, it's rather difficult to understand your concerns and indeed what you are actually looking for in the documentary field, and why.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Some historical and nature films may be scripted before filming, but most documentaries are not. There may be a treatment, but it can't always predict how what is being filmed will unfold. While some filmmakers may create an editing script once filming is complete, others may just have an outline or verbal conversations with the editor. Once picture is locked, one might need to create a script version if your film may need subtitling, dubbing, or captions, but such scripts are more for internal use.

Pasquale Iero
Fan

Hello, John, Erica,

I must have said something wrong? Apologies, I did not intent to hurt or offend anybody with my query.

Best wishes.

Niam Itani
Host

You don't need to worry, Pasquale. I think everyone needs a day (or seven) to recuperate from our fantastic elections. But we will all resurface ;) 

I have to say, as someone who loves AI and filmmaking, I am intrigued with your project and wish you the best of luck!

John Burgan
Host

No offence, Pasquale, however I am travelling at the moment and not able to check emails so frequently. Not sure I can advise, but you can reach me on my D-Word email address

Pasquale Iero
Fan

Hi John, Erica,

Thank you for your reply. I will contact John through the D-Word email address.

Best wishes.

Judith Steele Parolini
Pro

In reply to Pasquale Iero's post on Sat 5 Nov 2016:

 Pasquale, Not sure where you are doing your PhD, but in Oz any University student has access to the thesis data base. On there you will find Doctors of Creative arts - and in your case you will want thesis + film. In the appendices of the thesis you can possibly find what you are looking for. You need to contact the University Librarian and see what there is available. There are copyright issues. As others have said docos usually do not have scripts- mine will because it is an academic enterprise and also needs to be subtitled.  hope this helps. judy

Eric Robinson
Fan

"Cameraperson," which is currently on Amazon Prime for anyone interested, is an absolutely fascinating doc for anyone interested in making documentary films. Essentially, it's a memoir of a documentary cinematographer told through the left over footage accumulated over her decades long career working on multiple films. Beyond being an emotionally powerful film, it's very informative and revealing to watch someone at work composing shots and interacting with subjects. It's a film I recommend all aspiring and professional documentarians should examine.

Deloar Hossain
Pro

Hi, If anyone interested filming in Bangladesh, Feel free to contact me, Im here to help you ......

Tyson Preyer
Pro

I watched the doc "Uncertain" last night. I really liked it. It has a really cool combination of character & location. I don't remember it getting much attention so I was pleasantly surprised. It's a little like Rich Hill or The Other Side. Sort of. :)

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt2630352/

Linda Blackaby
Pro

Docs in this year's Washington, DC International Film Festival (Filmfest DC) include All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone* by Fred Peabody, Backpack Full of Cash* by Sarah Mondale*, The Good Postman* by Tonislav Hristov, The House on Coco Road *by Damani Baker*, Last Men in Aleppo* by Feras Fayyad, 2016 César Best Feature doc Tomorrow, and Sam Pollard's Two Trains Runnin' * all in the Justice Matters competition. * indicates guests in attendance. Also, The Messengers by Lucian Perkins, produced by d-worder Nina Gilden Seavey.

Filmfest DC starts Thursday, April 20.

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Cool. Hoping to get to The Good Postman since I heard it was one of the faves from friends at Full Frame. Also excited to see The Messengers (which screened as a work-in-progress at Docs In Progress last year when it was still called Joseph's House).


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