There are two parts to this chapter. The first part deals with some of the background and thinking that goes into producing a documentary. That includes:
• The idea
• The format in which the idea is presented
• The trends that may have affected the choices of format and storyline
The second part of the chapter is about the (handson) preproduction, production, and postproduction aspects of documentary production. For the most part the material in this chapter deals with single-camera production. Multiple-camera documentaries are covered in Chapter 11.
Documentaries are produced using either single-camera or multiple-camera techniques. In documentaries the function of the director and the producer are often ...