CLASSROOM: The Four Secrets of a Successful Documentary
Written by Zach Ramelan
A few months ago, my short documentary Blinders took home the Canada of Excellence award at 2018’s BufferFestival in Toronto, Ontario.
The focus of my film was to shine a light on a voiceless community — the homeless.
In less than 72 hours, my family and I organised a gourmet dinner for 12 strangers living on the streets. We provided dinner in exchange for the guests’ stories. My family’s goal was to eliminate ignorance and open lines of communications with those who live on the streets.
When crafting the film, I used a four-step formula to create a dynamic story on set and in post-production. This formula is now one I use on nearly every documentary, vlog, or narrative piece I create.
Image credit: Zach Ramelan