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Making Documentaries: FMA 3246

Resources to support the Making Documentaries final project

Making Documentaries

Documentary Film Camera

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Why does this matter?
  • Who cares about it?
  • How will I tell this story?
  • What can I show?
  • Who are the people involved?
  • What are the places?
  • What other films are like this?
  • Would Historians be interested?  Sociologists?  Other academic disciplines?
  • Why make this doc?

Finding Reliable Background Information

To explore the background of a particular social issue, CQ Researcher is a great starting point. 

Each report is written by an experienced journalist, fact checked, and contains a historical overview, pro/con viewpoints, and extensive footnotes to related resources.  Full reports are typically 20-25 pages long; shorter "hot topics" reports provide updates when required by current events.


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Brian Boling
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