The Documentary Synopsis - Is a concise summary of what your story is about, how you will tell the tale and why it is important.
I am in the South of France, Tuchan, my small village, where the big grape harvest has just finished.
I had no idea I would be coming here. I could not stay longer in the UK as I had out run my time at my brother's flat. He needed to come home. So I took my camera, computer and a small bag and a Ryanair Flight to Perpignan.
I am hanging out in the cafe, when Alain Perez asks me if I want to come out to the fields to film for the day. I know most of the pickers well as we are from the same village. There are others are from Portugal, Spain and Germany. I grab my camera, jump into the van, and...
...two weeks later I have finished the first part of my unexpected documentary - THE TIME OF THE GRAPES.
WHY WRITE A SYNOPSIS NOW?
It will give me a direction of where I am going. It also helps me tell my story in a concise way. This synopsis will become a part of my proposal later on. I have another month to continue filming before I start the preparations to return to China. I know more or less what I need to film, this short synopsis helps bring the idea alive.
The proposal entails more details which the synopsis is a part of. It also includes who the main subjects are, your creative team, the way you want to treat the images, the documentary genre, music, audio, visuals, budget; it is your solid documentary structure.
HOW TO WRITE A SYNOPSIS?
Create a log-line (one or two sentences which describe your documentary).
Write a longer summary of what the documentary is about. It does not need to be longer than one page.
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