Pre-production: Planning and Researching Your Documentary Project

By Islandmoss Productions |

Corporate Video Production

Documentaries have the power to educate, inspire, and entertain. As a business owner, you may have a compelling story or message that you want to share with the world through a documentary. However, embarking on a documentary project without proper planning and research can lead to wasted resources and missed opportunities. At Islandmoss Productions, we specialize in documentary filmmaking and understand the importance of pre-production in creating impactful documentaries. In this blog post, we'll explore the significance of pre-production, including planning and researching, and how it sets the foundation for a successful documentary project.

1. Clarifying Objectives and Storytelling Approach:

During the pre-production phase, thorough planning allows you to clarify your objectives and determine the best storytelling approach for your documentary. This includes defining the purpose of your documentary, identifying your target audience, and crafting a compelling narrative that engages viewers. Through meticulous planning and research, you can ensure that your documentary effectively communicates your message and resonates with your intended audience.

2. Securing Funding and Resources:

Documentary projects often require significant resources, including funding, equipment, and crew. The pre-production phase is an ideal time to secure the necessary resources and establish a budget. This involves identifying potential funding sources, applying for grants, and assembling a talented team that aligns with your project's vision and goals. Proper planning and research help you optimize your resources and set realistic expectations for your documentary project.

3. Conducting Thorough Research:

Research is a fundamental aspect of documentary filmmaking. It involves gathering information, conducting interviews, and exploring various sources to gain a comprehensive understanding of your subject matter. Thorough research enables you to uncover compelling stories, gather supporting evidence, and ensure the accuracy and credibility of your documentary. It also helps you identify potential challenges or obstacles that may arise during production.

4. Developing a Production Schedule and Timeline:

The pre-production phase is the opportune time to develop a production schedule and timeline for your documentary. This includes determining shooting locations, coordinating interviews, and outlining the necessary production tasks. A well-structured schedule ensures that your documentary stays on track and within budget, minimizing disruptions and maximizing efficiency throughout the production process.


Embarking on a documentary project without proper pre-production planning and research is like navigating uncharted waters without a map. At Islandmoss Productions, we understand the significance of this crucial phase and are here to guide you every step of the way. From clarifying your objectives and storytelling approach to conducting thorough research and developing a production schedule, we ensure that your documentary project is set up for success. 

If you're ready to embark on a compelling documentary project that captivates viewers and makes a lasting impact, contact Islandmoss Productions. Let our expertise in pre-production and documentary filmmaking help you tell your story to the world.
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