Producer & Coordinator: Nguyen Lan Huong – International Cooperation Department VTV
Interpreter: Nguyen Minh Ha – International Cooperation Department VTV
It is important to know the difference between making a documentary and creating a documentary film.
The usual – so called – the real documentary film is a short version of reality. The reality that we face it in our daily life. We observe, discuss, argue about it. This kind of documentary is like a mirror of our worlds. There are just the evidence and long version of some newsreels or reports.
But the creative documentary is an art and represents the reality. The film is the identity of the maker. It is like his/her fingerprint, signature, inner feeling and existence. The maker uses music, sound effects, visual effects, graphics, animations and many other creative kinds of stuff.
The director/producer engages the audiences and captures their attention with the strategic ABCD rule – Astonishment, Believable, Captivating, Delightful (This is ABRONTAN’S RULE).
Cu Chi Tunnel is a unique structure, a system of deeply underground tunnels having several floors and alleys and branches like spider web more than 250 km long; with places for dining, living, meeting and fighting. This tunnel system embodies the strong will, intelligence, and pride of Cu Chi people, a symbol of the revolutionary heroism of Vietnamese people.
In the editing session, the two groups used the same video materials but they edited in two different styles. They experienced the art of editing to create a new reality for their audiences.
The participants could choose any point of view along the road to creating a short documentary film.