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Documentaries

Documentaries

Today's video viewers are very sophisticated, and video programs must look like "real TV”. Digital video effects and computer imaging will help hold the viewer’s attention. An educational/instructional video program must inform in an entertaining manner. But keep in mind that a viewer’s attention span to absorb general information from TV is limited.

There are several types of documentaries:

  • A "hard news" documentary uses hard-cut editing (no visual or audio special effects).
  • A more elaborate documentary style, the "news magazine" approach, uses visual effects and/or computer graphics to provide entertainment value in covering smooth transitions to topics.
  • The most costly approach to a documentary program, the "Entertainment Tonight" or "MTV" style, requires combining digital video effects and computer generated images to enhance program information transitions.

Here are examples of our videos:

An effective video program can be produced to meet its objectives using simple to elaborate media support. Accordingly, the cost of a program can range from frugal to expensive. The completed Video Program Description Worksheet will provide the basis for developing time and cost estimates and a production schedule.