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Documentary Considerations, Part I

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:09
  • The Role of Non-Fiction Filmmaking 0:51
    • The Role of Non-Fiction Filmmaking
  • Documentary and Society 3:31
    • Information
    • Propaganda
    • Public Opinion
    • Education
    • Public Policy
    • Cultural Envelope
  • Documentary Film Language 5:07
    • Characters
    • Composition
    • Structure
    • Narrative
    • Argument
  • Elements of Documentary Production 6:18
    • Script
    • Formats
    • Crew Positions
    • Funding
    • Three Phases of Production
  • Documentary and Technology 9:14
    • The Filmmaker's Toolbox
    • Mobility
    • Accessibility
    • Distribution
  • Documentary Styles 12:33
    • Expository
    • Observational
    • Interactive
    • Experimental
    • Hybrid
  • Ethics in Documentary Filmmaking 16:10
    • The First Amendment
    • The Legal, Social and Moral Responsibilities of Documentary Filmmakers
  • Three Phases of Documentary 18:32
    • Pre-production
    • Production
    • Post-Production
  • More on the Pre-Interview 23:49
    • More on the Pre-Interview
  • The Documentary Idea 26:29
    • Three Classic Components of the Language of Documentary
  • Documentary Production: The Place 27:10
    • Place
  • Documentary Production: Event 28:56
    • What are Events?
    • Your Goals
    • Plan Your Possible Shots Ahead of Time
  • Documentary Production: The Interview 33:01
    • Formal Sit Down Interviews
    • Other Types of Interview
    • Will You Be On Camera?
    • Structure Your Questions
    • Have a List of Questions
    • Working with a Camera Person
    • Get B-Roll, Cutaways, Inserts