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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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BOOK I

OBSERVING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART 1

YOU AND YOUR IDEAS

 

 

Filmmakers learn from doing—dancers must have a floor to dance, swimmers must have water, and filmmakers must shoot and edit. Turn a camera on, and you are straightaway collecting fragments of reality—voices, behavior, landscapes, images, people in action, people talking. With digital software you can begin editing your materials into a narrative.

To tell outstanding stories from the real world, you will need a ferment of ideas about life and living, the courage to go where angels fear to tread, and most of all, personal and inventive ways of using the medium. Do this well, and you will catch people’s attention and make them wonder, laugh, become spellbound, or even weep. Your reward ...

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