Over the past year, we'd approached structuring the film number of different ways, from an essay-like structure explaining each aspect of the snakehead trade and the young persons' lives once they arrived, to a more sparse outline with brief examples and discussions of each point.
We found that our preferred approach is to hone in our focus to follow the stories of the children, from their home life in China, to their journeys across the world, to their life in the United States and hopes for the future. Complemented by the conversations we had with their lawyers, advocates, and with experts in the field, we believe this provides the most thorough picture of this story, and the challenges that these children face.
After reviewing all of the footage, we've started to build the framework for what will eventually be the "script" of the documentary.
All the way to the left, on the white cards, are the headers for the various sections of the film in order (up to down). Right of each section is a sequence of index cards representing segments of interviews in the order that we plan to cut them into the film (the order only, of course, as it had been determined at time of this writing). Under some of the cards are slips of blue index cards, with descriptions of B-Roll, graphics, or archival footage that we would like to play under the interview segments. It's been a long road in getting here, but we hope to get this board filled in the next few weeks, and then move into editing.