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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 25

PREPARATIONS BEFORE DIRECTING

 

 

 

Documentaries frequently seem improvised, which may make a directing plan seem pointless. Think of it instead as an important plank in your all-important development work before you leap into the fray. Much of your true directing will result directly from your preproduction preparation.

THE DIRECTING PLAN

Plan multiple coverage of anything vital, such as expository information crucial to the coherence and impact of your story. Some reminders:

CASTING

Have you decided,

Who you will film, have you secured their agreement, and is “informed consent” required?

Who will be your central character(s) and why?

What metaphoric role best fits each member of your cast?

REMINDERS FOR EACH SEQUENCE

Have ...

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