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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:28 PM   #1
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What documents to help plan a documentary?

Hi

In the process of planning a documentary.

So far I've got a document with a basic outline of projected deadline I want to get things done by. I've also got some storyboards and a document with my interview questions.

Is there anything else which can help me in the process of planning a documentary? (first time doing a project of this scale).

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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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I always considered watching the National Film Board of Canada's interviews with 30 top documentary filmmakers a helpful activity before I undertook my own first documentary. YMMV
Playlist : Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary - NFB
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:15 PM   #3
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Cheers. Will rent it and check it out, anyone else got any tips?
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Old February 25th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #4
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As part of the process you should start thinking about what release forms you will want to use. You should get everyone thats appearing in your documentary to sign a relase form. If you are using photographs that you dont own, you will also need to have a release for those. The last thing you want to do is put together a really great documentary and then not be able to use portions of it. Also, you should consider getting anyone thats helping you film, to sign a document stating that all footage belongs to you and that you are the sole copyright holder. You may want to consider speaking with an attorney for addtional guideance.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 07:12 PM   #5
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Cheers. Will rent it and check it out, anyone else got any tips?
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 08:02 AM   #6
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Any interviews you do make sure you use some cut-aways shoots. Pick a topic what will interest the audience. Then again if the subject material is limited for example how to grow a lawn make it exciting to watch.
What subject are you planing to tackle?.
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