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Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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Chapter 31From Transcript to Film Script

The more interviews, the more events, the more elements you must orchestrate in your movie, the more you’ll need a paper planning method to stay on top of your material’s potential. What follows is a method for carving up transcript copies and narrowing your choices into a workable shape with a minimum of wasted effort. Figure 31-1 is a flow chart to illustrate this. The paper edit method allows you to get selected working materials up on the screen, after which you put documentation aside and work wholly with screen materials.

There’s no reason why you can’t take the principles that follow and apply them to a database system in which you cut and paste with a computer rather than literally cutting paper. ...

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