Why Do I Like Documysteries and Mysteries?

Figuring Out an Attraction to Mysteries

It’s ironically a mystery for me why I like mysteries? I mean, sure, it could be as simple as I am compelled to seek cerebral secrets . So the puzzle of wondering who the killer or perpetrator is pulls me in?. Could it be as simple as that?

A Real Sense of Magic

Or maybe it is because of having been a semi-pro magician from ages 8 – 18 during which time I was obsessed with magic and mystery. As a creator and user of magic effects, back then and today I can figure out pretty easily the secrets of what other magicians are doing in their acts. But mystery books would sometimes stump me. As silly as it sounds was it that I wanted a real sense of magic that a good mystery possesses?

Making a Mystery into an Intellectual Exercise

Another possibility is that a fascination with killers and other evil doers brings about fear in me.  A mystery can make this fear more into an intellectual unwinding of who the killer is and why. Also, at this time, the killers and other criminals in my urban home, have been roused as of late to come out of the shadows. The more intellectual something is, sometimes the more distancing it can become. Whatever the answer is, “mystery” is a big part of my enjoying the act of creating or watching a documystery, so whatever the answer to “why?” is, it continues to be one of my passions.

DocuMystery Filmmakers: Become a Guest Blogger or Interviewee if You are Working in the Thrillumentary Genre as well as are Inspired by the 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead”

Judith O'Dea of "Night of the Living Dead" inspired the DocuMystery and Thrillumentary genres.
Our in person interview with Judith O’Dea of the 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead” inspired the development of the DocuMystery and Thrillumentary genres and filmmaking processes.

Movie Process

Calling all those of you out there who have made a film using a cell phone on an extremely low or no budget. If you would like to be an Interviewee or Guest Blogger on the DocuMystery website and blog, we would love to hear from you. You can get in contact with us here.

We believe that if you know the process then you can make a movie. And a great source for us to learn about the no budget filmmaking approach consists of those who have worked on motion pictures such as the amazing 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead.”

And as luck would have it, we at Lights Camera Read landed an interview with Judith O’Dea who plays Barbara, the leading role in the “Night of the Living Dead.” She gave the interview for a good cause which was helping the nonprofit sponsored organization Lights Camera Read with its educational DigiComArts Workshops  at the New York Public Library.

Ms. O’Dea had lots to say about a number of different topics that included how to break into the industry as an actor, why “Night of the Living Dead” has remained popular for so long, as well as of course some of the filmmaking process strategies that were implemented on “Dead.” Unfotunately we are unable to provide a transcript of the interview which was shot using video.


Another film in the DocuMystery genre includes the digital movie experiment known as “Thrillumentary.” Thrillumentary started a day by day documenting of their process in August of 2016. The filmmaker stuck to only doing three steps a day taking him from development to getting the movie “in the can” by 2018. Although the picture was not edited, most important to him was that it proved that you could make a motion picture with virtually no budget and no crew.

It should be noted that the “DocuMystery” genre as well as the “Thrillumentary” one intersect at many points. And that’s not all, they both utilize a specific methodology. It’s a little known fact that this methodology is called The MultiMedia Movie Making Matrix and Methodology or the 6M approach. But enough with the shop talk, the most important thing is that it is…

Your Turn Now!

As we mentioned we are looking for those who work in the “Thrillumentary” and “DocuMystery” genres as well as utilize a “No Budget” technique. Please contact us now with a link to your work. If we are interested we will contact you to be a Guest Blogger or Interviewee.

We are additionally interested in those who are making movies and using “Product Placement” to help cover the budget. This was an approach that was used successfully by Digital Marketer Y. Stamas back in 2012.

You can also reach us through the folks at DigiRefer which is a site that if you’re a digital freelancer you should get in touch with. Looking forward to hearing from you!