- Words can get in the way, if they have power they need space and room to breath
- Write to fill the gaps, don’t write the film
- let images do the talking, only use words if you must
- Narration can be a good thing too, that is okay too
- Don’t torture your interviewees simply because you need to hear them say something
- Narration is like Haiku.
- documentary creates a connection between viewer and viewed
- You find your film in editing.
- You must have powerful imagery
- Most important research is on the ground, arriving where you will be filming and meeting people, getting a sense of what is going on around you. Look for individuals who are going to tell their story, they may be secretive
- It’s nice to see a dilemma, things are not always black and white
Humans need to talk, born to babble
Film people in their natural environment, be true to who they are…don’t move their couch.
visual structure has to emerge organically, don’t use visual scenes as back up
Sound can come as you film, not just when you edit