Gathering Data



Once overall decisions about the focus of the documentary and the locations for filming have been made, it is time for the film crew to gather footage. As anyone who has watched behind-the-scenes accounts from wildlife documentaries will know, the gathering of footage requires a variety of techniques, from filming sequences with the narrator on location to using powerful long lenses or specialist cameras, e.g., for underwater shots. Sometimes things do not go according to plan, such as when the subject of the documentary fails to show up or attacks the camera, and rapid re-planning is needed. Conversely, ...

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