Ethics and Objectivity Preview

Get Certified

Earn your certification with this Filmskills Course. Learn More

Notices and Updates

Introducing the New FilmSkills!

While this site has served us well for many years, it is time for us to move to an all new web platform! You can visit the new FilmSkills at

We will keep this site running through the end of 2019, so if you have an existing account, you can continue to log in as usual. For any questions about your account, please contact us at [email protected]

Thank you!



Unlock this module to see the full content!

Explore the subscription packages


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


 "Jason proves that top-notch production values are within the reach of anyone who has ever dreamt of making his own movie. You’ll learn far more about filmmaking with this practical, thorough and meticulously organized site than you ever will watching "Project Greenlight." Jason knows what he’s talking about, because he’s actually done it!"
   - Steve Skrovan, Executive Producer,
         Everybody Loves Raymond