Planning an Unscripted Documentary

She tells her students to begin by writing a one-sheet description of the project. This description will not be perfect or final, but it will set the filmmaking process into motion. Briefly sketch your themes, story, characters, and the filmmaking style you would like to use. (A good way to start choosing a style is to list the names of a few existing films that use a style that feels right to you, for this film.)

After you’ve written the one-sheet description of your intended film, ask yourself:

* Who do I want to interview?
* What locations do I want to visit and perhaps shoot?
* What activities do I want to capture?
* What research do I need to do?

Planning an Unscripted Documentary.