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Documentary Production

Magnitude Media is a full-service digital marketing agency with experience in e-commerce, documentary production, public relations, and new media. We work with select partners to grow online sales channels through strategic marketing initiatives. Moreover, we consult with hundreds of Tucson based businesses on the web, media creation, design and marketing projects.

On set of a documentary production

Holding interviews for a documentary film

What is Documentary Production?

A documentary is “a movie or television program that tells the facts about actual people and events” (Webster). If we asked you about the term documentary, you would say it’s a film that portrays an objective truth. However, today’s docs do more than that. They often have fictional elements and are as much a work of art as any other film. So, what does producing a documentary mean?

Documentary production is about making the film happen, being in charge of all of its aspects, from start to finish. Raise funds, rent locations, plan the script and take on many roles for the sake of the movie. Many people outside of film making often confuse the producer’s role. Although, it is undoubtedly one of the hardest and most important.

Behind the camera at documentary production

Behind the camera shooting a documentary film

A few tips on documentary production

What makes a good documentary film? Of course, the movie is a result of great efforts from the cast, crew, and other people behind the scenes. However, we’d like to share several tips that are especially relevant to the role of a documentary producer. If you want your film to succeed, here are a few production tips.

Getting stuff done

Documentary production is all about “getting stuff done.” Securing the funds and locations, writing script, holding interviews, and helping the cast and crew is not easy. Although, this is what being a producer is all about. When you need to help someone or create a positive vibe on set, doing it honestly and with grace can make your crew members feel better about what they do.

Making a great story

One of the reasons why your movie has a chance of either breaking onto the big screen or failing is the story. Building a great story starts with a vision and turns into a script. The director and camera people work to bring the words from the paper onto the screen. However, if the story is lacking, the film might fail. A film producer should work to help improve the story to make sure that it is as strong as possible.

Helping the director

The director works a lot to put his vision of the film into action. If something goes wrong with make-up, costumes, or food delivery, the producer should handle the issue. Making sure that all of the director’s focus is on his job is an essential part of the producer’s role. As a result, handling many unexpected issues and changes is just a regular day at work.

Director on set of a documentary production

Director of a documentary film on set

Why should we work with you on your next documentary?

Documentary film making is a form of art, but it is also about telling a true story, describing events that really happened. It is a long way from the initial movie idea to the final cut. If you have a documentary idea in mind, but not sure how to bring it to life, contact Magnitude Media today and let us work with you on your next project. We are a marketing and advertising company with offices in Tucson, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. Some of our professional services include storytelling, Branded Documentary Production, and Video Production. We would like to hear about your documentary film needs.


If you are interested in Documentary Production and would like to learn more, make sure to check out these helpful sources.

“The Seven Stages of Film Production.”

“What is Producing? A Group of Sundance Producers Share Insights…”

“Why Trust is the Most Important Factor in Documentary Production.”


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