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Documentary for the Small Screen by Paul Kriwaczek

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Chapter 15

Production Planning

With all the research completed, the characters, events and stories chosen, the treatment of the film rewritten to take account of the results of the research, a plan for the shooting and sound recording needs to be drawn up. At this stage, unless the film-maker is operating alone, shooting and recording the material him- or herself, the documentary making process becomes a team effort. Apart from the film-maker, there will be the camera crew—film photographer, sound recordist, perhaps assistants and grips, and possibly others too. The documentarist, acting now as producer, becomes the manager of that team. To the previously exercised skills of imaginative artistic creativity, he or she will have to add the techniques ...

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