“[Don’t mistake] verisimilitude for truth. [Some writers believe] that the more precise his observation of day-to-day facts, the more accurate his reportage of what actually happens, the more truth he tells. But fact, no matter how minutely observed, is truth with a small ‘t’. Big ‘T’ Truth is located behind, beyond, inside, below the surface of things, holding reality together or tearing it apart, and cannot be directly observed. [A writer who] sees only what is visible and factual [is] blind to the truth of life.”
–Robert McKee, Story
While he intends the warning for narrative projects, it’s also an interesting consideration for the documentary debate on objective versus interpreted reality.