by Steve Rhodes
6 Documentary Film Making Tips From a Film University
If you want to do documentaries, David Hoffman is the man you want to learn from. Hoffman has over 40 years experience making documentaries.
Here are some of his most helpful tips.
1. Eliminate what doesn’t enhance the story and exagerate what does.
The way Hoffman explains this is simple. When doing a piece on history, the real truth is that a lot of the details are boring. The reason that a good historical piece is so exciting is that the creator focuses on the details that are exciting and interesting and leave out the mundane stuff.
Watch any movie ever made on a historical event and you’ll see what I mean. It’s almost as if they take the entire section of history and condense it down to one or two main points…leaving out all the stuff that will put you to sleep.
In other words, if it’s not absolutely