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Production Management for Film and Video, 3rd Edition by Richard Gates

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Chapter 9

Scheduling for Documentaries

Scheduling for any film is essentially the same process, that is the organization of the time needed to complete the shooting of the film as economically as possible. This simply means that the schedule is the ‘time budget’ for the film.

The schedule is the time budget for the production.

However, just as scheduling a feature film has its own particular needs and solutions, the scheduling of a documentary presents its own special problems. Initially there are two major differences from the scheduling of a feature film.

The first is in the amount of information available about the production. Because documentaries usually do not have a full script available at the beginning of the shoot but often only a ...

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