New Facts

A documentary is defined as a movie which uses "pictures or interviews with people involved in real events to provide a factual report on a particular subject."

Facts, then, are an important element in a documentary.

Facts are something to consider.

A fact is "a thing that is indisputably the case."

Common sense would then reason that a documentary should not solely present facts, but interesting facts.

What value would a documentary have in telling what's already known?

The job of the documentarian, then, is not just delivering a factual report - but an INTERESTING factual report.

In its simplest form, that means NEW FACTS.

That means you captured a breaking development in the world of your subject.

But this could also mean other things.

Like discovering & sharing obscure information most people have never heard of.

Or connecting bits of information in a fresh and exciting way.

This means you'll have to do a bit more research, but that's okay.

Research is rad.

You get to drink coffee and read old books all afternoon.

You'll be fine.

If what you're describing is already common knowledge, leave it on the cutting room floor.

Now, if you really want to go expert mode: Create a radical thesis.

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