Screens are getting smaller. From the cineplex to TV to the computer or iPhone screen, surfaces have shrunk but creativity and resourcefulness have expanded.
You might fare better in today's market with a character-driven story, the Doc Doctor advises.
Ask the Documentary Doctor: The Doc examines patience in filmmaking.
Ask the Documentary Doctor: I'm told the way to structure my doc is by adding narration. Others say voice-over will ruin the film.
Ask the Documentary Doctor: How do I choose the right crew for my story?
Ask the Documentary Doctor: Where does the filmmaker stop existing to give way to the reporter/activist/responsible citizen with camera in hand?
Ask the Documentary Doctor: Fernanda Rossi advises on the distinction between repetition and reinforcement in documentary filmmaking.
Sound design: in a documentary can be a great ally in bringing real life to the screen, and the dilemma is not whether to use this wonderful story device but rather how and in what context.
Ask the Documentary Doctor: If my doc doesn't follow a fiction three-act model, will it fail in the market?
Ask the Documentary Doctor: Fernanda Rossi discusses pros and cons of having to sit through a screening of one's own film.
Ask the Documentary Doctor: Fernanda Rossi weighs in on how many different pitches you really need for your documentary.
The Doc Doctor prescribes cures for common pitfalls of demo reels.