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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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PART 5

POSTPRODUCTION

 

 

 

Postproduction is the extremely creative phase in documentary-making during which you transform the sound and picture dailies, along with any graphics, text, captions, photographs, or animation, into a stream of consciousness for consumption by an audience. Editing a documentary is normally a long, experimental procedure, and represents your second chance to direct. The major challenge usually lies in finding a strong, logical narrative structure. Some films have their temporal spine usefully predetermined because their subjects follow a well-defined process, such as rescuing miners after a mining accident, or a youthful oboe player taking an all-important music exam. Other, less process-oriented films—about researching ...

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