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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 15

EDITING FOR REFINEMENT

 

 

 

Documentaries are largely created through intelligent editing, an alchemy that works magic and miracles. Few understand this until they take its long, exploratory journey for themselves.

Editing techniques are hard to grasp from a book, but you can see their results from films you admire. Work out for yourself how editing suggests eyes, ears, and the warmth of human intelligence working together, all guiding your attention toward hidden meanings. This elevated state is seldom even visible in early cuts of most documentaries. More often you seem stuck with a hopeless cause. Do not despair. The curse of the first assembly is its length and slowness, and we need to look at techniques that will move the story ...

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