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74. Watch a Documentary

Posted By 93 Studios On September 17, 2009 @ 2:00 pm In Frontpage,Storytelling | No Comments

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We’re entering an exciting new cycle, one where you spend a lot less time listening to me ramble and a lot more time going out into the field and playing with stories. You know, we’ve been together for a long time and before you leave for a bit I just wanted to tell you how proud I really am.

OK, now let’s get back down to business.

For this segment, I want you to go out and find a documentary. It doesn’t matter what it’s about, who it’s by or whether it’s good. What is important is that you watch it all the way through and get a feeling for how it was put together. Look for narrative hooks and storytelling structure. Try to find how they dealt with characterization, and see how they used perspective. A documentary is a treasure trove for storytellers, find one and start looking inside.

Even if you watch nothing but documentaries I want you to sit down and watch another one, keeping storytelling elements in mind.

Not sure what to watch? Well, here are a few suggestions: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room [2], Maxed Out [3], American Zombie and Jesus Camp [4]. Not sold, follow the bouncing link to this list of ten other documentaries worth seeing. [5]

There are dozens more that are worth seeing, what would you suggest?

P.S. We’re doing a 93 entirely on Zombies this month, you owe it to yourself to hop over and see it.

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[2] Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room: http://www.amazon.com/Enron-Smartest-Guys-Room/dp/B000C3L2IO%3FSubscriptionId%3D02E5W5871AJF7PMMMS82%26tag%3D93studi-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000C3L2IO

[3] Maxed Out: http://www.amazon.com/Maxed-Out-Mark-Mumma/dp/B000OU081M%3FSubscriptionId%3D02E5W5871AJF7PMMMS82%26tag%3D93studi-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000OU081M

[4] Jesus Camp: http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Camp-Becky-Fischer/dp/B000KLQUV2%3FSubscriptionId%3D02E5W5871AJF7PMMMS82%26tag%3D93studi-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000KLQUV2

[5] ten other documentaries worth seeing.: http://www.documentaryfilms.net/topten.htm

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