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Documentaries are a visual, so it's always better to show the audience than it is to tell them. Documentaries full of talking heads interviews are boring and don't engage the audience's visual senses, so use the power of the camera to show your audience what you're presenting.
In this module, you will learn to harness the power of B-Roll for your film, how to use verité footage, basic coverage techniques in the field, how to shoot sequences, how to tailor B-roll for interviews, and how to shoot B-roll after the edit.
Create a visually rich tapestry for your movie with the effective use of B-Roll.


  • 21:52 video that walks you through the process of shooting B-Roll
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • The difference between shooting B-Roll and Verité
  • How to shoot controlled vs. uncontrolled B-Roll
  • Shot sizes
  • How to shoot sequences
  • How to determine necessary B-Roll in the editing room
Very detailed. Excellent for homework assignments to let students watch at home.
   -  Daniel Levin,
       University of Houston