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Weekend Project: Create a Documentary

Using free footage and still photos from the Internet Archive, and a little creativity, you can make an historical documentary worthy of PBS.

You have a camera, you have a system to edit on, and you have the time and the motivation to create a masterpiece. You do not, unfortunately, have a plot, a script, actors, or financing. However, an historical documentary will allow you to flex your creative muscles while using someone else’s footage and photos. No actors need apply.

Choose a Subject and Research It

It might seem like a simple and obvious step, but it is possible to do it wrong. It’s important that you choose a subject that will engage you. If you don’t care about your subject, it will show through in the finished product, assuming you can bring yourself to finish the project at all. It’s also important to pick a subject about which you will be able to find ample material. Many have wondered why The History Channel airs so many documentaries about World WarII. It’s because footage and photos of World War II are abundant, whereas if you want shots of Genghis Khan, you’ll have to put men in funny hats on horses and get them yourself.


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