The Challenge

Create a two-minute documentary about the biodiversity in your local area.

You decide what story you want to share, but you only have two minutes – so make them count!

How to create your documentary

Choose a topic

The first step is to decide what you want your documentary to be about. Remember that you only have two minutes, so try to keep your topic clear and simple. Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

  • What do you think is most interesting or important about your local biodiversity?
  • Describe a connection you can see between the animals and landscapes in your local area.
  • Share the positive actions you take to restore or maintain the biodiversity of your local area.
  • What are some of the native animal species that live in your local area?

Things to consider when making your film:

  • What is biodiversity?
  • What makes Queensland’s biodiversity unique?
  • Why is Queensland’s biodiversity important?

Create a storyboard

Once you know what story you want to share, create a storyboard!

A storyboard is where you use photos, drawings or words to plan your documentary before you start filming. This will help you decide what scenes to include in your film, and how to order them to best tell your story.

Research your topic

Your storyboard will help you work out what factual information you want to include in your documentary. Use reliable sources to research your topic so you can be sure all the facts in your documentary are up-to-date, relevant and accurate.

Copyright and references

Your film needs to be your own original work so you should only use your own words in your film script. If you want to quote someone else’s words to make a particular point in your film, make sure you clearly acknowledge the person you are quoting.

Make sure you don’t use any copyrighted material in your documentary, like company logos or other people’s photos or drawings. It’s okay to use photos you didn’t take yourself if they are not copyrighted or you have permission by the person who took them to use them in your film. If in doubt – leave it out!

Storyboard and structure

Your storyboard should include at least three main sections to help you structure your film so it tells the story you want it to. Each of these sections could include several scenes or “shots”, or they might just be one scene, such as you speaking directly to the camera.

Part I: The introduction to your story.

This is where you convince the audience that what you have to say is interesting and important, so they want to learn more.

Part II: Some interesting, factual information about your story.

You made sure your audience wanted to learn more about your story with your interesting introduction. The middle section is where you can provide the facts and details to help your audience understand why your story is important.

Part III: A wrap up of what you have covered in your film, or a summary of what might happen in the future.

You might want to end your documentary by sharing your ideas about everyday actions that will have a positive impact on your local biodiversity, or use this section to remind your audience about the most important points you made in your film.

What are the judges looking for?

Your documentary should be:

  • two minutes or less
  • about the biodiversity in your local area
  • about something you think is important or interesting
  • clear and well-structured
  • entirely your own work
  • entertaining and educational
  • based on accurate information

Make sure you read all of the Terms and Conditions before you start making your film so you don’t accidently include something that will disqualify your entry – for example, handling protected native wildlife or including copyrighted material. Please contact qmnaturalleaders@qm.qld.gov.au if you have any questions.