Storytelling is an art that is very to master, and even the best storytellers need to edit the film properly to ensure the flow and the rhythm of the story are in proper sync with each other. So, today we will learn how to edit film stories and documentaries to ensure it portrays precisely the way you envision them.
A lot of documentary editor tend to think documentary editing is all about creating a factual timeline or about creating events that portrays everything “as they have happened.” While that is true but it’s not the “only” thing that’s necessary for editing. Through the work of characters, emotions, and narrative, key details also play an equally important role and can either make or break the tone you are going for. So, it is essential that you understand the context in each scene before you begin editing anything. A bit of curiosity is also crucial. Curiosity makes you question, and that question could lead you to answers that you couldn’t have imagined any other way. Watching the great work of other documentary filmmakers will also go a long way in feeding your curiosity.
A bit of research of the topic at hand can go a long way into understanding and building the right narrative in your mind. Watch through all the footage of the film production companies, even the deleted and rejected footage. You could be asked not to include deleted and rejected footage but watch them anything, and it may give you some details that could be all that you needed. There’s no such thing as “too much research,” and every detail you learn may come in handy.
A documentary is supposed to portray the ‘truth’ objectively, but the said truth can end up entirely subjective. There’s no way you can ‘just’ portray the story in a particular narrative. You could get the desired narrative that you want, and yet the same narrative couldn’t be more false in the eyes of your audience. The nature of documentaries can be very unpredictable, but if your research is done right and your footage is okay, you will find your way with the editing.
Unlike any ordinary movie that follows a particular genre, documentaries, on the other hand, do not. It rests upon your shoulders to set the tone. You will need to understand the complex nature of the characters involved, their emotions, and how to portray that in Shree film production. It’s not as simple as it sounds like and takes a bit of trial and error, in the beginning, to get it right. But once you have it, you are golden.
We want to end this blog with a small but significant tip that could help you better understand what it is you are looking for. There’s a documentary called “Capturing Reality,” and it’s a documentary on how to make a documentary. You may like to give it a go.