Top 10 Creative Documentaries

I love looking at the process that goes into creative industries and enjoy watching how people tackle explaining these through the media of film. Here are some short films which show behind the scenes of how some things are created. Scroll down for more information on the videos.


1. Wallpaper* chocolate, by Marou and Rice Creative


2. A History Of The Title Sequence


3. The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca


4. Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film


5. Font Men - SXSW 2014 Official Selection


6. The Sign Painter


7. The Art of Making, The Carpenter


8. MOULTON BICYCLE COMPANY - MADE IN ENGLAND


9. Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge


10. N.Y. Adorned “Tradition”


1.   produced this great documentary about Vietnamese Chocolate company Marou which create exceptional 80 per cent cocoa chocolate bars using organic Trinitario beans from the Tien Giang province of southern Vietnam for Wallpaper* Handmade. We get an lovely insight into the company the making of the branding. 

2. A History of the Title Sequence from . 'Designed as a possible title sequence for a fictitious documentary, this film shows a history of the title sequence in a nutshell. The sequence includes all the names of title designers who had a revolutionary impact on the history and evolution of the title sequence. The names of the title designers all refer to specific characteristics of the revolutionary titles that they designed. This film refers to elements such as the cut and shifted characters of Saul Bass' Psycho title, the colored circles of Maurice Binder's design for Dr. No and the contemporary designs of Kyle Cooper and Danny Yount.'

3.  have created a lovely 'Art of Making' documentary. 'The ‘Art of Making’ series aspires to display and highlight people who go against the spirit of today’s pessimism and desperation. They dare to dream and create with zeal and imagination. Armed with passion for knowledge and emotion, they attempt to combine the precision of science with the elegance and resourcefulness of art. We thank them wholeheartedly for their contribution.'

4.  created perhaps one of my personal favourites about the letterpress as it beautifully shows skill about a trade which isn't used so much and therefore seems magical. Another mention is Sign Artist, following an artist working on his passion as a glass embosser. 

5.  have created a film about the 'Font Men' where they look at two guys with an extensive history of font creation. 'Font Men, gives a peek behind the curtain into the world of Jonathan and Tobias. Tracking the history of their personal trajectories, sharing the forces that brought them together and giving an exclusive look at the successful empire they built together.'

6. also created this documentary about sign writers. It shows some great detail and makes you an admirer of their skills.

7.  shows another great documentary in the series of 'The Art of Making' where this time, they look into Carpentry. There is an interesting addition of tracked graphics.

8.  produce short films including this great one about Moulton bicycles. It is shot tastefully showing great detail into the creation.

9.  approaches the subject of logo creation in a different way, by setting a challenge to see how Aaron Draplin tackles the problem. 'Most logos aren't designed in fifteen minutes, but most designers aren't Aaron Draplin. Aaron's a Portland fixture by way of the Midwest, the owner of Draplin Design Co., and an advocate of "blue collar" design: design that works. Here he takes our logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Not inspired? Just wait. Watch as he sketches, brings his ideas into Illustrator, and tests and tunes the different iterations. The logos Aaron creates prove design can elevate any company or brand. Along the way, he provides tips for freelancing, finding inspiration, and providing clients context for logos that won't just live in PDFs.'

10. 's film looks at the subject of tattooing. It's unusual to see an entire black and white treatment, and may have been nice to intoduce some colour, but it does still work well as a piece.


By: Lisa
Posted: Mon 23rd Mar 2015

Tags: Motion, 10, best, create, documentary, Film, filming, List, People, story, Text, top

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