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Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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Chapter 21Advanced Research

The guidelines that follow will help you prepare most film subjects, but you might want to review the fundamentals in Chapter 7, Research. Most films stand or fall depending on the depth of thought that has gone into their conception. The rest of this chapter expands key aspects of research, but don’t treat them as holy writ. Adapt them to your tasks and treat them as a guide, not a straitjacket.

ifig0004.jpg Help yourself during research by using Project 2-DP-1 Dramatic Content Helper to flush out what your story may still need.

Overview of Steps

Initial Stages

  1. Make a working hypothesis.
  2. Begin site research; that is, familiarize ...

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