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Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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Chapter 4Proposing and Pitching a Short Documentary

This chapter covers developing an initial documentary idea to the point where you can pitch it to other people. The term, which comes from baseball, signifies giving a brief, orally delivered description from which other people can “see” your film and react to it. From this you can get an audience reaction to your film even before you’ve made it and learn what changes your idea needs in order to become really striking.

Why you Need a Proposal

People making their first documentary often do so with little or no preparation. They feel they have a compelling subject and must shoot immediately. So they shoot… and shoot, and shoot. The problem is that, when you run the camera without focused ideas, ...

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