Chapter 7

Assisting Protocols for Documentaries

With the advent of cable television in the 1980s and 1990s, the world of documentaries and reality shows exploded in popularity. Today they are still boasting an ever-increasing market share in the world of television viewing. They have become the hot new genres.

To work as an assistant on either a documentary or a reality show, you will need the same basic skills and knowledge of the editing room required by other venues. What will differ, however, is what you digitize or import, the organization of the B roll, and how you organize your material and set bins to suit the needs of your editor.

Documentaries and reality shows shoot great amounts of footage and require exceptional organizational skills ...

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