How to Make a Flow Chart
The best way to look at how to make a flow chart for film editing organization is to first divide the footage into broad categories. This requires you looking at your documentary film in larger terms to draw out the main themes. You can do this by breaking them up into interview topics, footage relating to a specific event, or types of B-roll. If you happen to be doing a film about the destruction of the rainforest you may want a broad section on the indigenous people of the area when creating a flow chart.
From here you are then going to create a three column spread for each broad category, and this is going to start you with actually creating a flow chart. The first column will be where you list a subject. Here is where you will put a more specific subject that is addressed in a specific area of the footage. For example, in your broad section on indigenous people you will have a subject on disease. You will try to look at all of your footage that you have already grouped into the broad category and list all of the specific subjects that are pertinent to your story and list them in this first column.
You will then create a second column, and this will indicate where the footage is. This can be tape numbers if you are using physical mini DV tapes, it can be the name of the file and folder it is in, or the digital storage platform. Here you will put the numbers or titles as to where the footage is that will address the accompanying story subject in your flow chart. For example, if you are corresponding to your area on disease in the indigenous people because of rainforest destruction you may list the tape numbers that the footage, interviews, and stock footage are that address this directly.
In the third column you will add keywords. This is going to allow you to search for things later on in your film editing project and to allow easier reference.