A major epiphany took place for me a few months back.
My mentor David Dunkley-Gyimah described it this way: Journalism wins Emmy’s, Documentaries win Academy awards. Journalism finds stories and presents them at a surface level. Documentaries tell stories and go more in depth.
I no longer call what I do as solo video journalism. I’m a micro documentary filmmaker.
As a result of this shift, I’m attending an online film school in my spare time to refine the craft of documentary filmmaking. I’m going to utilize the skills of what I’ve learned about the solovj paradigm – ie; working self contained, and apply it to shooting short, or “micro” documentaries.
The learning process for full on documentary production is way beyond my experiences in journalism, but by the end of this journey, I will come out more knowledgable around the complete process of producing documentaries for clients that will take the level of quality up several notches
I’ll post more as I go thru this new journey.
Welcome to the Micro Documentary Paradigm