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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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During Documentary Shooting Be as Discrete as Possible

When you are on location shooting documentary footage it can become very challenging to acquire the shots that you need without raising a lot of attention for yourself and your crew. You will most likely attain the best results by remaining discrete, being respectful, and working quickly. As a crew member working on any project it would be wise to remain discrete, respectful, and efficient but these working practices might get you more mileage when working in foreign or potentially hostile environments.

You should, first of all, obtain all required permissions and certificates so that you can shoot at these locations legally. Your goal is to observe and record, not intrude or stage the events. ...

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