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    February 14th, 2012 @ 3:13 pm by admin

    Simon (editor) and I have pretty much signed off on the content for Act 1 of the film. It’s all assembled. Now it’s up to Simon to make it look pretty.

    Meanwhile, I’m deep into the assembly of Act 2, which is always the most difficult part of any film. Some days I feel like I’m running around in circles chasing my tail. Other days I’m surprised by how quickly things come together.

    At this stage it’s really important to make sure the two sides of your brain (Author and Editor) are working in sync. I tend to be fairly intuitive when putting a film together, feeling my way through the footage rather than forcing it to conform to some master plan. That’s not to say the master plan isn’t pinned up all over my office walls, but you never know what surprises you’ll discover if you give the creative side of your brain some room to play. It’s certainly not as efficient, but it’s definitely more rewarding in the end.

    In other news, we’ve just had a few significant developments on the distribution front. We’ll be issuing a press release on that soon.

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  1. I wouldn’t have guessed that a documentary follows a 3 act structure. With a topic such as this, it seems like it might be hard. Is there a protagonist? Is there crisis? Perhaps you might fill us in on how you approach that.

    • I tend to think of all films–both documentary and narrative–in terms of the following structure: thesis, antithesis and synthesis. These correspond to Act 1, Act 2 and Act 3. This stems from my theory that all stories are essentially a moral argument, a dialectic by which two ideas come into conflict and eventually give rise to a third idea that is (hopefully) greater than the sum of its parts.

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