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As a documentarian, you have a responsibility to both your subject and your audience.  Hundreds, thousands, even millions of people may see your movie, and the choices you make will have an effect on each and every one of those people. For this reason, it is important to know your own ethical boundaries and always conduct yourself with journalistic integrity.
In this module you will learn the difference between a subjective and objective approach to filmmaking, how to recognize bias, how to balance your own ethics and feelings in difficult situations, and ethical guidelines both in the field and in the editing room.
Know the guidelines to maintain a clear, unbiased approach so you remain truthful to both your subjects and the audience.


  • 21:37 video that explores the filmmaker's responsibility to ethics and objectivity
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • The difference between objective and subjective cinema
  • How to maintain journalistic integrity as a documentarian
  • About bias and how it influences the project
  • Ethics in the field
  • Ethics in the editing room


The videos are a big leap forward for contemporary classroom videos, utilizing clean greenscreen, working professionals and 16:9. The film is well-paced and will be a great addition to classroom instruction. It is designed and constructed in ways both interesting and accessible to student filmmakers. I hope to utilize the material in my classroom!”
   - Tom Dunphy, Orange-Ulster BOCES