Authentic stories: Real life in motion
by Paul Warner
As a child, I often was drawn to movies based on a true story. There’s something powerful
about stories that actually happen. They inspire people in a different way than a fiction film
would—people start believing the impossible is possible because the events of the story
As a documentary filmmaker, I value the power of a true story. There are real characters
facing real-life challenges in real time in documentaries. This is one reason why filmmaking
at Warner Film Productions emphasizes the importance of capturing real life in motion.
One of the techniques I employ is called cinema verité, which is roughly translated from
French as “film truth.” I want to capture the real life of what an organization promises, that
what they say actually happens. This is most prominent in my video about the PrezCon
board game convention, where people are excited to play board games and demonstrate it
for real. Rather than simply incorporate b-roll to show what an organization does, I want
people to experience fully what the organization actually does.
In addition, I have employed cinema verité as a co-producer of the award-winning short
documentary Everything Between. Ethan Spalding faces the challenge of making his music
genre of Traprock known through a single song: “Panda in the Air.” In multiple scenes, the
viewer grasps the difficulty in making it as a full-time musician, from getting songs heard
on the radio to making money to support oneself. As a documentary filmmaker, I look for
those real moments to create a potent, authentic story.
Authentic stories are crucial to what I do at Warner Film Productions because ultimately,
real stories move people deeply and make a lasting impact in people’s lives. When people
see real challenges overcome, they are inspired to overcome challenges in their own lives.
When people see real beauty and goodness in the work of an organization or person, they
are moved to share in that beauty and goodness. When people experience the powerful
testimony of a couple coming together in marriage, they seek to embody that commitment
and love in their own marriages and relationships.
Authentic stories make real change happen.
If you’d like to have a film or video that makes that kind of impact through capturing real
life in motion, let’s talk about it. Send me an email through our contact page
and we can discuss your idea further.
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