February 16, 2018 at 7:40PM
Can anyone provide advice for a complicated documentary question?
I'm currently directing my first long documentary (I don't want to call it a feature-length because it may only be about 45 minutes, but it's my first time directing/producing something longer than 10 minutes). It's got many complications but the main one is that the main subject for one part of this film has changed. It's a store that used to sell Confederate Flag clothing in Argentina. This is a positive thing for the many groups that worked to remove this symbol from the country over the years, but I'm afraid that my audience will expect me to have footage from this store, and it's been shutting down quite recently. I still have the ability to shoot everything else I mentioned in other locations (Brazil/United States).
I know this is tough to answer without much details but I don't want to bore everyone death. My general question to documentary filmmakers is basically this: if you start shooting about a particular subject and suddenly conditions change drastically, what do you do?