Investigative Documentaries

For the past few weeks I have been doing some research for my essay ‘How can wildlife filmmaking impact on nature and how can nature impact on wildlife filmmaking?’. It is actually a lot more interesting than I expected it to be and I am learning so much about the field I want to go into. What I wasn’t really counting on however, was how this research has helped me realise the type of wildlife documentaries that I want to make and be involved in; investigative documentaries.

I haven’t really considered this before, although I’ve always thought it would be an exciting thing to do but seeing the positive impact it can have on the environment with such important issues has made me think about it a lot more. One particular film that has really stood out for me is The Cove, a documentary film about an undercover filmmaking team seeking to expose the truth about the brutal dolphin slaughtering in Japan every year. To see the threats and the danger they faced and how they fought to get the message known to people to help put an end to the merciless killings just made me think that that’s what I want to do. I want to make films that will make a difference.

A lot of other nature films and television programmes that I have been and am watching for my essay don’t necessarily make it obvious that they are helping to raise awareness of issues yet still do in a subtle and beautiful way with their cinematography. I have always loved watching them and always will do but at the same time, I want to be a part of something hard hitting, something that will shock people and make them realise that something has to be done about these issues. I know that it will be dangerous at times and a lot of hard work but isn’t everything like that? I know it will be worth it in the end I am definitely prepared to fight for what I believe in.

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