There is no exact formula for creating an award-winning documentary script.
However, there are some common elements that seem to set the great documentaries apart from the ordinary ones.
Here are some common themes to look for.
“Young at Heart” is a great example. It made me laugh, made me cry. Wonderful heartwarming movie.
A great example is Al Gore's “An Inconvenient Truth”.
Werner Herzog's “Grizzly Man” fits the bill on this one.
Morgan Spurlock is a master at this with such works as "Super Size Me" and the FX Series “30 Days”.
Michael Moore’s documentaries, including “Fahrenheit 911”, are great examples.
Writing a script for a documentary is a multi-step process. First, you must know your footage intimately. Tape logs and transcriptions can be extremely helpful as reference when writing your script. You must also have a good idea of how you want the documentary to END. That way you can craft the script in a way in leads up to the ending you have in mind.
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