Documentary Storytelling

In the Science Filmmaking workshops that Jeff Morales and I teach, we are always hammering home the importance of STORYTELLING. Our students get tired of hearing us say, “yes, but what is the STORY?”. But, we have to keep driving this point home, because Story is what makes strange, complex, esoteric, and reductionist science accessible to the general public. I’ve told our students that if they have a good story, they can make a great film with their iPhone.

I found a great book about storytelling for filmmakers, and I just had to pass it on. I’ve read only the first chapter, but I know that it is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to understand how to tell stories with a visual medium. Check it out:

Documentary Storytelling, Third Edition: Creative Nonfiction on Screen

Documentary Storytelling

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