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Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production by Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

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CHAPTER 1

From Idea to Cinematic Stories

Our first job is to look,

Our second job is to think of a film which can be made.

Abbas Kiarostami (Marrakech, 2005)

There’s no doubt about it. Filmmaking is exciting stuff. Working on a set, surrounded by the energy of a great production crew, collaborating with actors, setting up lights, lining up shots, calling out “Roll Camera! Action!” Seeing a film project come to life can be an exhilarating experience. In fact, most aspiring filmmakers simply can’t wait to get their hands on a camera and start shooting. Once they get an idea, they’re ready to go! But wait. What are you shooting? What is your idea? Are your characters interesting? Does the idea have a shape? Just what are you wanting to say and how ...

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