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Writing, directing, and producing documentary films /
Alan Rosenthal.
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1990.
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xiv, 246 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0809316366 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, c1990.
isbn
0809316366 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2540671
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1991-02:
The recent TV documentary series "The Civil War," produced for PBS by Ken Burns, is sure to have an impact on the quality and number of documentary films produced in the next few years. One would suspect that as the Watergate investigations of Woodward and Bernstein in the 1970s influenced many students to pursue degrees in journalism, Burns's popularity may also increase enrollment in film and video programs all over the country. This book will become a helpful guide for these legions of students as they study the art and craft of documentary film. Rosenthal, with more than 60 films to his credit, writes about documentary film conceptualization and production with skill and authority from his many hours in the trenches. His use of personal experiences and those of his contemporaries successfully illustrates the planning, writing, and production phases of documentary film. The chapters covering cinema verite, documentary drama, historical documentary, and industrial public relations films will be particularly useful to the prospective film producer. Should be added to any library's collection on film and video production. J. M. King University of Georgia
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"For me, working in documentary implies a commitment that one wants to change the world for the better. That says it all."Alan Rosenthal An international documentary filmmaker with more than 60 films to his credit including the Peabody Award winner "Out of the Ashes," Rosenthal has written the first book to address the realities facing a documentary filmmaker. Rather than dealing with theory or hardware, this book tackles the day-to-day problems of the documentary filmmaker from initial concept through distribution. Rosenthal explains in a down-to-earth manner how to approach, create, write, and direct the "new" documentary He emphasizes the research and writing of documentaries, from approach and structure through interviewing, narration writing, and the complexities of editing. The organization of the book follows the process of making a film. Part 1 discusses ideas, research, and script structure; parts 2 and 3 go over preproduction and production; part 4 explores film editing and narration writing; part 5 discusses distinctive film styles; and the concluding chapter offers a perspective on the entire filmmaking process.
Main Description
"For me, working in documentary implies a commitment that one wants to change the world for the better. That says it all."--Alan Rosenthal An international documentary filmmaker with more than 60 films to his credit including the Peabody Award winner " Out of the Ashes ," Rosenthal has written the first book to address the realities facing a documentary filmmaker. Rather than dealing with theory or hardware, this book tackles the day-to-day problems of the documentary filmmaker from initial concept through distribution. Rosenthal explains in a down-to-earth manner how to approach, create, write, and direct the "new" documentary He emphasizes the research and writing of documentaries, from approach and structure through interviewing, narration writing, and the complexities of editing. The organization of the book follows the process of making a film. Part 1 discusses ideas, research, and script structure; parts 2 and 3 go over preproduction and production; part 4 explores film editing and narration writing; part 5 discusses distinctive film styles; and the concluding chapter offers a perspective on the entire filmmaking process.
Main Description
"For me, working in documentary implies a commitment that one wants to change the world for the better. That says it all."--Alan RosenthalAn international documentary filmmaker with more than 60 films to his credit including the Peabody Award winner "Out of the Ashes," Rosenthal has written the first book to address the realities facing a documentary filmmaker. Rather than dealing with theory or hardware, this book tackles the day-to-day problems of the documentary filmmaker from initial concept through distribution. Rosenthal explains in a down-to-earth manner how to approach, create, write, and direct the "new" documentary He emphasizes the research and writing of documentaries, from approach and structure through interviewing, narration writing, and the complexities of editing.The organization of the book follows the process of making a film. Part 1 discusses ideas, research, and script structure; parts 2 and 3 go over preproduction and production; part 4 explores film editing and narration writing; part 5 discusses distinctive film styles; and the concluding chapter offers a perspective on the entire filmmaking process.

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