Writing the Documentary

There are no set rules for writing the documentary film. However, you do need to make clear choices in order to convey your subject matter. You can choose to follow the traditional 3-act structure or a nontraditional narrative format. Or you can choose to present your ideas subjectively or objectively. You can include stock...

Writing a Documentary Film

Writing a Documentary Film With No Rules

By Susan Kouguell Writing a documentary… Want to learn how? Register for Susan’s upcoming Screenwriters University class, starting August 28, 2014. There is no “right or wrong” way  when it comes to writing a documentary film. Sounds easy then, right? Well–wrong! While there are no set screenwriting rules for writing a documentary script, it...

An Army of Lovers: Inside the Inspirational Documentary ‘Vito’

“Making documentaries is not glamorous, but it’s what I’m put on Earth to do, so I think about Vito in that context—that he was doing what he was put on Earth to do,” notes filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz. “That’s so inspiring for anyone, no matter what your passion is.” For the late Vito Russo (1946–1990),...