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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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PART 7

ADVANCED PRODUCTION ISSUES

 

 

 

Sustaining an audience’s interest through the extended and complicated issues found in longer documentaries takes imagination, planning, and experimentation. Story lines are more convoluted, and more rests on the credibility of what an extended chain of participants might say and do, something that you can only guess.

You will need additional technical resources for larger and more complicated productions, which means developing relationships with funds and foundations. You also find yourself responsible for more controlled and sophisticated filming if your filming is to meet professional expectations. The editing period, when you finish shooting, is usually much longer and involves seeking feedback from ...

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