What is cinéma vérité?

Learn about cinéma vérité style filmmaking and how you can use its principles to reveal world truths to your audience.

Cinéma vérité might sound like a pretentious French term that only a film snob would use — but, in fact, cinéma vérité has had a huge impact on modern video and filmmaking. If you’re looking to make professional videos, you should know what it means.

Learn about this filmmaking style and how you can use its principles in your own videos.

What does cinéma vérité mean?

Cinéma vérité translates to “truthful cinema.” It’s a video production style that emphasizes realism and depicts true events. These films usually don’t use special effects or pre-written scripts. With that said, it shouldn’t surprise you that cinéma vérité is mostly used in documentaries.

This style contrasts with traditional scripted videos in that it doesn’t allow for manipulating the events caught on camera. It often explores political or social issues. Cinéma vérité filmmakers might, for example, spend months living among an impoverished social group, filming real events without arranged interviews. They’d create the story and narrative once they begin cutting their footage.

What is the history of cinéma vérité?

You don’t necessarily have to make a documentary to employ cinéma vérité principles. Both The Office and The Blair Witch Project are great examples of using cinéma vérité in entertainment. They present fictional stories in a realistic style. More down-to-earth reality TV shows also show how cinéma vérité can apply to entertainment.

If you’re looking to create a cinéma vérité film, you’ll have to cut and compile a lot of footage. Adobe Premiere Pro offers a full set of video trimming and editing tools to help you tell your story’s truth.

Learn more video editing tips that can guide you on your road to creation. Then, explore everything you can do to make stunning videos with Premiere Pro.