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The Documentary Learning Curve

Making a documentary is harder than it looks. I’ve had an idea of what this project might look like for a long time but I frequently find myself in a position where I don’t know what to do. What questions do I ask? What direction do I go? There are a lot of unknowns and it can quickly get away from me.

I think the hardest part is the sheer vastness of this undertaking. There are already hours of footage and it feels like we have only just begun. Sifting through our content and finding the story has been an arduous process and it has not been as fast as I would have liked.

Sometimes the best things take time I guess. The next person I plan to interview is Chris Mac. Grandma Chris lives out in Las Vegas and so my plan is to make a trip out to ask her some questions about her life. One of the greatest pieces of advice I was recently given by a documentary film maker was “no question is out of bounds”. I think so frequently when talking to family especially we steer away or filter certain questions.

I hope my interviews go well and I hope that I will be able to ask the questions I need to in order to tell an honest and beautiful story. This isn’t an exposé. It’s nothing that dramatic but my goal is to be as honest and open as possible.

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