Choosing and implementing the right motif can help convey a narrative documentary's theme.
Now…what exactly is a motif? And why would you want to edit one into a documentary film?
During one of my recent group coaching calls, we addressed these questions. . . .
Moving past genre distinctions may help some filmmakers find the best dramatic arc and the most powerful truths.
Beware of Save the Day My Way Syndrome. Now, learn from your mistakes.
How long should your documentary be? If your audience begins to glaze over or feel restless, you've lost the opportunity to leave them wanting more.
For handy access to your most valuable footage, here s a method of organizing sequences.
The Edit Room: Karen Everett shares tips on how to track multiple versions of Final Cut Pro projects and sequences.
The Edit Room: Learning how to organize saves you time and money in the editing process; a walk-through just how to do it.
The Edit Room: I knew the right thing to do was to turn the project over to an editor. The problem was that I didn't have the $45,000 a good editor would require.
The Edit Room: I decided to set my New Doc Editing research team on a mission to find out what structural models are getting funded these days.
The Edit Room: How do you keep your audience engaged rather than putting them to sleep?
A mini-tutorial on story structure: in a character-driven documentary there are a few simple questions you have to answer in order to vet your story potential.