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5 Amazing Assets for Documentary Filmmakers

Documentary making requires a mix of skills and talents; how
best to put together the footage and material you’ve gather is one of the biggest hurdles to
overcome. In this article, we’ve collected five of the best After Effects templates from Envato Elements to
help documentary filmmakers  make the most of of their productions.

1. Shadows
of Memories Album Slideshow

Shadows of Memories Album Slideshow
Shadows of Memories Album Slideshow

Gentle and with a hint of
nostalgia, Shadows of Memories is a slideshow template for Adobe After
Effects
. This would work as an intro to a larger project, or even a short
slideshow for social media sharing.

2. Internet
Search Engine Screen Close-Up

If you want to demonstrate searches in your documentary,
filming the screen or even screencasting can be time-consuming and hard to get
right. Try the Internet Search Engine Screen Close-Up template for After Effects
for a quick and easy search; just change the text.

Internet Search Engine Screen Close-Up
Internet Search Engine Screen Close-Up

3. Statistician — Massive Info Graphics Kit

In documentaries, you often want to show figures
and statistics and layering b-roll with that can be either inappropriate or distract
from what you’re trying to convey. The Statistician Massive Info Graphics Kit
for Adobe After Effects is the perfect way to show your data clearly.

Statistician - Massive Info Graphics Kit
Statistician – Massive Info Graphics Kit

4. Stylish Titles
& Thirds

Stylish Titles  Thirds
Stylish Titles & Thirds

Stylish Titles & Thirds for After Effects is a simple template with a modern look. You
can present your information without taking focus away from your subject
matter.

5. History
Time Documentary Slideshow

History Time Documentary Slideshow
History Time Documentary Slideshow

Similar to Shadows of Time, above, History Time is a documentary
slideshow by the same author, for After Effects. Particularly suited to
historical pieces, this slideshow template has a retro style without feeling gimmicky.

Each
asset here is from Envato Elements, where you can download
unlimited resources for a monthly subscription.

Tuts+ Tips for Documentary Makers

  • Tell
    a story
    . All documentaries benefit from interesting subject
    matter, but even a good story told in a dry way can bore your audience to tears. Treat it like you would fiction, and weave a compelling
    narrative.
  • Make a
    shoot list and remember to include B-roll.
  • Get
    your sound right
    . People are more likely to put up with bad visuals than
    they are with bad audio.
  • Write a script, even if you’re not planning to
    have a voice over. It will help you plan out your narrative effectively.
  • Remember to have your paperwork in order. Particularly
    in Europe, where GDPR has just come into
    effect, getting someone to sign
    a release
    is integral.

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