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VideoProduction: ExampleofDocumentaryScript

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(Example drawing from Diners: America’s Roadside Attractions, Dec 20, 2001 by Fred Lacey)


Video Audio
FADE UP EXT DINER
(Maggie’s diner)
MUSIC UP Buddy Holly ("Peggy Sue")
INT DINER CU PIES under glass MUSIC PLAYS along with NAT SOUND
Counter - tilt up to MS
Waitress delivering milkshake.

CU CUSTOMER #1 in booth eating dinner - looks up


MS DOLLY DOWN AISLE (camera passes customers in both booths) MUSIC & NAT SOUND UNDER NARRATOR
V.O.: Maggie’s diner, just off the New York turnpike has been serving up burgers and shakes since 1930.
TRACKING SHOT MS WAITRESS with tray Maggie’s Diner hasn’t changed much in the 70 years it’s been Open.
Customers can still get friendly service,
CAMERA FOLLOWS TRAY as she sets it down in front of a customer. good food, and an atmosphere that takes us back to a time of innocence and youth.
MS WAITRESS scooping ice cream. CU MILKSHAKE MACHINE CHUCK HAINES VO: I remember when I was eight years old, having my first milkshake.
CU CHUCK HAINES I was sitting right over at that counter. I took one taste and I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven.
FADE TO BLACK


FADE UP MS SMILING WOMAN in passenger seat (b&w 1940s Ford car commercial) MUSIC UP (1940s "Two Lovebirds")
MS MAN DRIVING (from same Commercial) NARRATOR V.O.: Early in the 20th century, America began a love affair that still burns today.
TRACKING SHOT CAR with couple America fell in love with the automobile.

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