With 15 plus years in documentary comes many front row seat to situations you wouldn't have privy to otherwise. Its probably one of the main reasons we keep on doing (that and all the prestige/dolla bills they rain) them. That said, when we get the chance to work from a script, with a shot list and with actors, its a lotta fun. There is a different kind of adrenaline happening when collaborating in an non, non-fiction way. And at the end of a shoot with actors, you come away with a different breed of funk in your t-shirt. Narrative stuff uses different muscles for certain.
Recently we've been working on a multi-video real estate project for Dixon Pacifica that is 2/3rd's doc and 1/3 scripted. The doc part was second nature for us. And while the scripted part isn't exactly torn from the David Mamet or Aaron Sorkin canon, its good and it was fun to give the proper motivation for. The acting couple we worked with were champs. As a bonus, for some unbeknownst reason this real estate info graphic/narrative video seems to have lots of Charlie's Angles hair flips. Thanks to Evan and Rebecca!