Catalogue


Making documentary films and reality videos : a practical guide to planning, filming, and editing documentaries of real events /
Barry Hampe.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1997.
description
xxiv, 342 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
0805044515 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
author
imprint
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1997.
isbn
0805044515 (alk. paper)
general note
"An owl book."
catalogue key
2060987
 
Filmography: p. 319-325.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 326-327) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1997-01:
An experienced filmmaker, writer, and teacher, Hampe hopes to guide the inexperienced through the process of making a documentary, or "reality video," in 25 steps, from idea to post-production. He is meticulous, even including a chapter on informed consent called "Ethics in Making a Documentary," and a most helpful index that provides information on professional associations. Still, despite his use of sound bites and personal anecdotes, one senses that he should have produced a series of videos on the subject instead of writing it all down for its specialized audience of film students, film professionals, and large companies that make informational films. Recommended for specialized collections in communications or film studies.‘Lisa N. Johnston, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Clear, informative, and a valuable resource that combines professional expertise with personal experience."--Betsy McLane, Ph.D., Executive Director, International Documentary Association "A thoroughly researched and informative guide for new documentary makers." --Pat Mitchell, President, Turner Original Productions
This item was reviewed in:
Booklist, January 1997
Library Journal, January 1997
School Library Journal, March 1998
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Main Description
Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary - recording behavior and re-creating past events - and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.
Main Description
Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary--recording behavior and re-creating past eventsand shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.
Description for Library
A handy, practical manual for aspiring filmmakers on all aspects of film production, from arriving at an idea to distribution of the final product.
Main Description
Making Documentary Films and Reality Videosis the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary--recording behavior and re-creating past events--and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.
Main Description
Making Documentary Films and Reality Videosis the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary--recording behavior and re-creating past eventsand shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection. Barry Hampeis a writer-director and film/video teacher who has made more than 150 documentaries and information videos. He has also owned production companies in Philadelphia, Honolulu, and Las Vegas. Hampe, a longtime veteran of the business of documentary film and video production, here traces the two main approaches to documentaryrecording behavior and re-creating past eventsand shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection. "Clear, informative, and a valuable resource that combines professional expertise with personal experience."Betsy McLane, Ph.D., Executive Director, International Documentary Association "A thoroughly researched and informative guide for new documentary makers."Pat Mitchell, President, Turner Original Productions "Barry Hampe'sMaking Documentary Films and Reality Videosis a road map for all those wanting to make a documentary. Such a book has been needed for so long . . . There is information here that cannot be found anywhere elseparticularly the section on visual evidence."Jeannette Paulson, Creative Director, Hawaii International Film Festival "This is one of the stronger documentary texts I've ever read (and I've read them all). Well constructed and easy to follow, while providing strong information. I look forward to using it in my Field Documentary class."Frank Barnas, Director of Student Productions, Greenspun School of Communication, University of Nevada Las Vegas "I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Hampe's narrative style is clear and concise with just the right amount of humor. While acknowledging the importance of technical expertise, he focuses on those aspects of filmmaking craft that create compelling stories. Careful reading by first-time filmmakers will allow them to avoid pitfalls many of us have made. Investing a few hours of time will pay many dividends to Mr. Hampe's readers."Clark Bunting, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Animal Planet, Discovery Networks "Fascinating and very thoroughcovers everything one needs to know to make a documentary."Linda Seger, author ofCreating Unforgetable Characters "Barry Hampe has written the definitive guide-map through the documentary production 'minefield.' His step-by-step simplicity makes the book must-reading for not only novice practitioners but for reality storytellers of every experience level."Stanley H. Moger, President, SFM Entertainment
Back Cover Copy
Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the first book to tell you why making a documentary looks easy but isn't. Author Barry Hampe traces the two main approaches to documentary-recording behavior and re-creating past events-and shows you how to be successful at each. Covering all the steps in making a documentary from conceptualization to completion, with chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and cast, crew, and equipment selection, this book can help you successfully bring to life the documentary you want to make.
Table of Contents
It Looks So Easyp. 3
How Things Got This Wayp. 15
Reality Is Not Enoughp. 30
Recording Human Behaviorp. 36
Visual Evidencep. 49
Verisimilitude in Documentaryp. 69
Ethics in Making a Documentaryp. 77
Steps in Producing a Documentaryp. 93
The Documentary Ideap. 103
Writing a Documentaryp. 119
Scoutingp. 142
The Documentary Crewp. 151
Equipmentp. 164
Schedulingp. 173
How Much Will It Cost?p. 185
Recording Picture and Soundp. 199
Working on Locationp. 218
Building an Invisible Wallp. 222
Directing People Who Are Not Actorsp. 235
When You Must Work with Actorsp. 247
The Documentary Interviewp. 263
Some Other Production Considerationsp. 272
Preparation for Postp. 279
Editing the Documentaryp. 287
Finishing the Productionp. 309
Appendixp. 315
Filmographyp. 319
Bibliographyp. 326
Indexp. 329
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem