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Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker's Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music by Kenn Rabin, Sheila Curran Bernard

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CHAPTER 6

Practical Considerations

In the previous section, we looked generally at what archival materials are and where they might be found. In this section, we follow the general path through archival use, from ordering preview materials (“screeners”) for editing to ordering masters for finishing. Along the way, we look at creative, financial, and ethical aspects of archival use.

In this chapter, we introduce some of the basics of incorporating archival materials into your film's workflow.

A Standard Workflow

Making a film, whether drama or documentary, tends to follow a fairly linear path:

Preproduction

images Treatments and/or scripts are drafted ...

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