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Mastering Celtx™ by Terry Borst

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Chapter 1. The Evolution of Pre-Production

The role of the content developer in time-based media production has changed more in the last 10 years than in the previous 100. Who exactly is the media “content developer,” and why is this largely an unrecognized job title? For that answer, it’s necessary to go back to the industrial production model developed in the early years of the twentieth century by the movie business.

The earliest silent films, created by the Lumiere Brothers and others, were “documentaries” capturing everyday life—and their makers produced, directed, shot, minimally edited, and even ran craft services. Even the first breakthrough fictional film—The Great Train Robbery, running 12 minutes—was edited, shot, written, directed, ...

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