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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 18

DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT, TIME, AND STORY STRUCTURE

 

 

 

Documentaries are stories that aim to change our hearts and minds by organizing their characters, situations, and pressures toward a revelatory purpose. They mean to expand our knowledge and alter our emotional frame of reference.

This chapter looks at the relationship between the chronology of documented events, their organization into a satisfying dramatic form, and the way in which a story’s dramatic needs may require reorganizing a story’s events for maximum impact.

PLOTS AND THEIR CENTRAL CHARACTERS

PLOT AND THE RULES OF THE UNIVERSE

The filmmaker and philosopher Michael Roemer suggests intriguingly that plot in fiction is really about the rules of the universe at work, and ...

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