For this class at looked at the 60 Sec Docs format. We started by watched a few of their videos and analysing them for story and shots
Here is a link to their channel to watch some videos yourselves
There are numerous ways to structure a documentary. A simple way is: 3 acts – beginning middle and end – which lead to a conflict resolution and a climax.
Here is an interesting look at doing this for a larger essay:
When we create our own mini documentaries of 1-3 minutes, we have to construct them as layers in our video editor: a-track interviews, b-track footage you’ve found or filmed, music text and more