We've often talked about documentary video on this site and the one thing that we've stressed time and again is that a documentary topic does not need to be "big" to be good. Many readers look at documentaries like Ken Burns' Civil War and assume that all documentaries need to be similarly epic sagas. But sometimes smaller stories have even more potential to really speak to people.
Hi all! My name is Peter and I am relatively new to the videomaking business. I go to a filmschool through which I managed to secure an internship filming documentaries in and about Uganda (east africa) next february.
The tricky bit is the fact that I'll be alone throughout the process. Which means i'll have to manage sound, video and interviewing all at the same time.
I have been given a 4000 euro budget and am trying to work out what gear to take with me and was wondering whether any of you have some suggestions for both the gear and the trip itself.
I have the fortunate opporunity and experience to be able to pursue and get footage of a wide variety of African Mammals/Birds/Insects/Reptiles/Amphibians/Plants etc.
Is there a market for the 'out-of-the-ordinary' animal scenes, like Bushpig, Aardvark, endangered Karkloof Blue Butterfly, Narina Trogon etc? or is it just the big and nasties like Elephant/Buffalo/Lion/Rhino etc that sell?? Is it worthwhile to pursue???
If so, what formats are recommended? What do you guys think?