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Documentary Editing Karen Everett

Documentary Editing Karen Everett

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Documentary Editing

“With an insider’s love and knowledge of documentary form, Karen Everett takes us into

the beating heart of documentary filmmaking. Expressive and comprehensive,

Documentary Editing gives us clear-headed and insightful strategies for a range of

filmmakerly approaches to a variety of nonfiction subjects. Filled with useful references

and possible scenarios, the book will be of enormous help to those of us who have sat in

front of our unmade films and wondered how the hell we were going to move forward.”

Robb Moss

Director, The Same River Twice and Secrecy

The Rudolf Arnheim Lecturer on Filmmaking

Department of Visual and Environmental Studies

Harvard University

“A concise and invaluable guide to the editing process that will serve the novice and

veteran alike. Karen Everett covers everything from finding and structuring your story to

hiring an editor to making a fund-raising trailer in language that is precise and

inspiring. This is an invaluable text from someone who knows.”

Susi Korda

Producer, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

“In simple language, Karen Everett offers a prescription for emerging filmmakers to

translate their ideas into film. By following the exercises at the end of each chapter,

filmmakers can save themselves untold hours of frustration, by foreshadowing some of

the problems we create for ourselves from lack of foresight in pre-production and

production.”

Ken Schneider

Editor of Peabody Award-Winning Regret to Inform

© 2010, Karen Everett, All Rights Reserved, NewDocEditing.com

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: STORY STRUCTURES THAT FUNDERS LOVE

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Chapter 1

An Overview of the Postproduction Process

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Chapter 2

DOVES™: The Director’s Outcome, Vision and Editorial Statement

18

Chapter 3

Seven Tips for Hiring an Editor

25

Chapter 4

Organizing Your Bins

42

Chapter 5

Rating Your Doc’s Story Potential

52

EDITING YOUR FOOTAGE

61

Chapter 6

Squeezing Reality Into Three Acts

61

Chapter 7

ACT ONE: Launching a Character driven Documentary

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Chapter 8

ACT TWO: Sustaining Momentum

78

Chapter 9

ACT THREE: Crafting an Effective Climax

85

Chapter 10

Multiple Protagonists and Subplots

91

Chapter 11

Pacing With A Doc Plot Map

99

Chapter 12

Crafting the Topic-Based Documentary

104

STORY DOCTORING

115

Chapter 13

Why Hiring A Story Consultant Is a Must

115

Chapter 14

Making Micro Cuts: Editing Aesthetics

121

Chapter 15

Cutting an Effective Fundraising Trailer

132

© 2010, Karen Everett, All Rights Reserved, NewDocEditing.com

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Chapter 16

How to Hold a Successful Rough Cut Screening

138

Chapter 17

Solving Structural Problems

149

Chapter 18

Case Studies from the Sundance Film Festival

159

Do you want to learn more?

164

Biography

168

APPENDIX

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Appendix A – Doc Plot

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Appendix B – Documentary Innovation Worksheet

170

Appendix C - Resources

176

Don’t forget about New Doc Editing’s E-Courses.

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© 2010, Karen Everett, All Rights Reserved, NewDocEditing.com

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