I spent weeks mulling over this brief. I tried to come up with the perfect documentary idea. Something captivating; something interesting; something educational. I binge watched all of the Louis Theroux’s documentaries that I could find. But, after much deliberation, I realised that I didn’t have a single idea. I had loads, yet none were perfect. So, I present to you three ideas for documentaries…
DOCUMENTARY IDEA 1
The first documentary is an exploration into a profession that I find particularly fascinating: party clowns. Why do they still do it? Do they make a living? These questions – and a few others – are what I hope to answer in this documentary. I didn’t think it was a popular choice because, well, clowns are either scary, creepy, weird, or a combination of all three. Anyone who likes clowns will, inevitably, become one themselves.
It’s a world that I have stayed away from my whole life, but the idea to explore, in depth, to find out the true, inner feelings of the people who choose this profession, and the opinions of what their family and friends make of their life choice. If it’s successful enough, then it will lead nicely into a successor of sorts: Mimes.
DOCUMENTARY IDEA 2
The second documentary is an investigative piece that will look to root out of one of life’s most mysterious and elusive figures… Santa Claus.
He’s been around forever, and yet no one has ever seen him. This documentary will focus on searching for the large, time-wizard and exposing his horrible working conditions, bringing the true Christmas heroes into the spotlight.
How often do the Elves get overlooked? Everyone always thanks Santa, not the elves. All he does is deliver the presents. It all starts with Santa.
DOCUMENTARY IDEA 3
A documentary focusing on the intimate, complex process of the drying of paint. Walls; fences; murals; street art. Everywhere, paint is drying, and someone needs to be there to capture it. If paint dries, but no one’s there to record it, what’s the point in anything? For too long people have been feeling listless and devoid of excitement.
Well, what better way to give you that rush of serotonin like watching the dehydration of semi-uniform colour particles? Before now, this privilege of fun has been limited to painters, other handymen, and those who have the gall and motivation to do DIY instead of just saying that you’re going to do it. (For those that do, can I ask…How do you do that? Seriously. Get in touch and let me know).
I know what you’re thinking: How did I come up with such an amazing, revolutionary idea? To be honest, where does inspired genius even come from? But, to be honest, I had the idea when I had to paint my walls.
If I’m honest, this whole idea, this whole article, was just to get out of doing DIY. I said that DIY was difficult!… I still think it’s a stellar idea, so none of you better not steal it.