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Documentary for the Small Screen by Paul Kriwaczek

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Chapter 16

The Shoot

Eventually the thinking must end and the doing begin. The preparation is over, complete or not, and now comes the actual shooting. The person in overall charge, both artistically and managerially, is the director. The director may sometimes also be the photographer—a number of well known film-makers always shoot their own material, but this works best on observational documentaries where the main task is to capture the world as it goes by. In other circumstances, where the world has to be stopped to have its picture taken, the two jobs of director and photographer are more often than not done by two separate people.

There are only two jobs. There is no room for a third. In many productions, particularly those commissioned ...

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