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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 5

STORY ELEMENTS AND FILM GRAMMAR

 

 

 

PERCEPTION AND MAKING STORIES

Filmmaking follows the processes we adopt when turning an experience into a story that we can tell to others. This chapter aims to help you found your shooting and editing in human perception.

It begins from the way we naturally sense the world around us. Go and stand in a busy street and notice how your senses function. Your eyes flicker after moving objects such as vehicles and people; your ears pick up particular sounds and tell your eyes where to look; or you see something that makes your ears search for the sound it is making. Always on the lookout for danger, your ears and eyes monitor the environment, and as people or vehicles come toward you, you adapt by moving, ...

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