In this session, storytelling for the docuseries format, producer, director and editor

Arielle Kilker delves into what it means to write for a documentary series. Using

her project hit Netflix series Cheer, Arielle covers finding the narrative across the

series as a whole, how to keep the heart of a character's backstory in the present

tense, and simplifying story for efficiency and dramatic impact while still honouring

truth and integrity. This session is presented by the US Embassy. Arielle is introduced by producer Cass Avery.


This session is from the Big Screen Symposium held in Auckland on the 4th and 5th of December 2020.

The Big Screen Symposium 2020 was brought to you by Script to Screen and J&A

Productions. We gratefully thank our event partners - the New Zealand Film

Commission, New Zealand On Air, Te Māngai Paho, Images & Sound, Screen

Auckland and AUT.

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