This past week in class, we focused primarily on the process of documentary storytelling and how an effective documentary can bring the viewer into the world that the film is attempting to convey. Last Wednesday the class participated in an activity in which we attempted to reconstruct the scenes of a short documentary that discussed the creative thought process over the centuries. The small index cards provided a brief snippet from a given scene as well as space to discuss how you, as the viewer, felt during that particular point in the film.
This activity while challenging in trying to recall the entire scene by scene breakdown of a seven minute movie, pushed me to think differently regarding how a film should be laid out to best draw the audience in. Taking the time to actively think out how the audience will react to a given scene is a critical step to creating a smooth flowing and powerful film and an aspect of the documentary making process that I had previously not looked at.