Abstract: The Art of Design is one of the best made documentary series you will see in a long time.
I am fascinated by the subject so would watch the series regardless, but it is a must watch if you are involved in documentary film production. It is the prime example of what you can achieve with modern day production techniques.
Instead of the turn up and see what we get style of production, the programmes have been carefully thought out, researched, recced and constructed to tell each story. The programme also use innovative visual ideas to reinforce the story instead of just simple talking heads and a bit of archive.
And where there are talking heads they have been shot and lit properly with time and thought gone into the framing.
Its easy to see “Abstract” had a budget to die for and whilst very few production have that kind of money there are things all productions can learn.