Learning from documentaries is only helpful if you watch a same documentary several times and start identifying its structure and visual consistency. Particularly, listening the director's commentary you will find that there is a lot of valuable and important material that doesn't making it to the final cut. This is a lesson for all scientific presenters: you can't present all what you have found and pretend that your audience is going to care.
Documentary-makers face the awful challenge to compete with fiction films. It would hard to get people interested in documentaries if directors, producers and writers don't show their research in a creative and storytelling way. In other words these people respect the audiences by building a piece that is meant for the viewers and not for the makers, that's another lesson for presenters.
Having said this, here are three documentaries that might help you building better presentations.
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Man on Wire. A 2008 award winning documentary, Man on Wire tells the story of Phillipe Petit and his high- wire talk between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New City. Why should you watch this movie? Because it illustrates what a conclusion is. It ends strong, just like public speaking should. It is a beautiful, well crafted film.
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An inconvenient truth. This film doesn't have the intensity of Man on Wire or Inside Job. However if you are involved in scientific presentations, you must see this movie, for it is for its most part a presentation. Like Inside Job, this film shows examples of efficient data and information visualizations. The slides are superb, and it shows a pro on-stage. This slides of Mr. Gore's presentation were done by Duarte Design and some of them can be seen here.