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Four reasons as to why making documentaries is such a pain in the ass.

1. You need to do research For some reason, people seem to expect that documentaries need to be journalistically researched. No harm in that – more knowledge will not hurt you – but there IS a risk of reality ruling over fantasy and no real film needs that. (Besides, it sounds like a lot of work).
2. You need to convince other people about the importance of your project. That goes for every film, of course, but in the documentary world the topic itself must be of interest to the commissioning editors. Well, no harm in that, but like a fiction film is not the same as its script, so is a documentary film so much more (or should be) than its topic.
3. You cannot make a living of making documentaries. That’s okay; my wife has a real job. So no real harm in that for me - as long as no one files for divorce.
4. You cannot make fun of anything. Use of humor equals insincerity and shallowness and is neither artistically nor journalistically viable. That’s just the way it is and always has been with …