Learning Event 2:
Captions are as important to film and television documentation as
exposure. Keep in mind that when you are in the field, you may not see
footage until it is in a completed production.
For this reason, both
photographer's captions and motion picture captions must be complete
contain all the information necessary to allow the laboratory to assemble
film into a complete story.
a. Without captions, your footage or tape cannot be used.
following: production laboratory may service many cameramen that are scattered
all over a continent.
On any given day the laboratory could receive footage
from each cameraman. This film, after processing, is viewed and prepared for
use in various news, documentary, or training films. While viewing the films
the captions are read to get some idea what is happening and where. Suddenly a
sequence of 200 feet (60.96 meters) is viewed and there are no captions. This
film cannot be used.
b. Films without captions are worthless.
Never submit a roll of film
without a complete caption.
Every caption must have the basic information
necessary for identification.
In addition to your name, unit, date, and
subject, the summary should include the who, what, where, why, when and how.