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Making something out of nothing

I was skimming an interesting article, Tilting at Windmills about a team of documentary film makers where were on site for the behind the scenes footage for the movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote by director Terry Gilliam. The movie tanked mid shoot and left these guys with 80 hours of footage and the need to somehow pull a feature length film out of the deal. They ended up with Lost in La Mancha. Here’s an interesting answer they gave in the interview that really got me thinking about how to pull something out of all that footage when your not quite sure what you have.

PEPE: Our editor, Jacob Bricca, told us that the first step was to write a list of what we think are the top 10 scenes of the film. Then write a list of the second top 10, so that you end up with your top 20 scenes. Don’t look at your logs; just go from memory – and that’s your strongest footage. The documentary editing process is a lot like writing the script of a fiction film, except you only have material that you gathered in reality. But you have to think about it the way you would think about making a fiction film: Who is my main character, who are my secondary characters, what is the strongest emotional scene that I recorded and how do I build up story strands to get me to that climax?


Written by Sterling

February 17, 2005 at 12:41 pm

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