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Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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Chapter 23Proposing an Advanced Documentary

After research and deciding your purposes and options, you can go ahead and develop a detailed proposal. It will help you communicate the film’s nature and purpose while during the search for funding, crew, or other support.

ifig0003.jpg Writing proposals is a good way to develop films. They put your ideas under test, help you review your basic assumptions, and urge you to develop stylistic or structural possibilities that you would otherwise bypass. Whoever thinks and writes well is on track to excel in the more demanding medium of filmmaking.

Why Write a Proposal?

Writing forces you to clarify the organizational ...

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