Evening activity during the preparation of a production. How do I create my story? How do I organize the work with your material? That means above all, taking many excerpts from specialist books on the story that is being worked on and putting them into a database program so that the statements and contents found are brought together in a structured way. The creative chaos is arranged step by step according to dramaturgical principles: Nudes, sequences, scenes, steps. Storylines, protagonists, antagonists…
If you are dealing with historical documentaries, then of course contact with the film archives is important. The research in the first original film reels, with which the structure of the film takes shape, is stimulating.
Here, on the archive film in my editing program, Ernest Hemingway (1944 in France) sends a hearty “Cheers” with a glass of whiskey – maybe this scene will appear in one of the next film projects?
The documentary film author’s workshop is as lonely during the phase of developing the material as any author’s workshop is. The mood is not always as relaxed as it was with Hemingway. Maybe I should learn to like whiskey?
Once the first ideas have matured into an exposé and a client – usually a television station – has been found, the phases of cost calculation, approval of budgets and possibly funded project development begin. I produce films with my production company zb Media, but I also work together with other companies.