Chapter 17

Editing

There is a major divide between the film making process so far—the pre-production and the production, the gathering of information, knowledge and understanding, the filming of locations and people—and the post-production, the stage which now begins. In collecting together the material needed to make the documentary, the concentration has been on the exterior world of reality, as well as on the documentary maker’s interior world of the imagination. The documentarist has dreamed a film and has gathered its components. Post-production begins a completely new stage of the enterprise, with a completely new approach to the work. From now on the film will, in a sense, be made all over again from the beginning.

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