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Writing, directing, and producing documentary films and videos /
Alan Rosenthal.
edition
3rd ed.
imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.
description
xvi, 392 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0809324482 (paper : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.
isbn
0809324482 (paper : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4718931
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 381-382) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Alan Rosenthal was born in England, studied law at Oxford, and has made over sixty films for television. He received a Peabody Award for Journalism and the International Documentary Association's award for scholarship. Currently he divides his time among projects in Jerusalem, London, and New York. His most recent film is Adolf Eichmann: The Secret Memoirs
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Any writer entertaining thoughts of turn
"Any writer entertaining thoughts of turning computer work to camera work would do well to read this classic guide."Clockwatch Review: A Journal of the Arts
"Any writer entertaining thoughts of turning computer work to camera work would do well to read this classic guide." -- Clockwatch Review: A Journal of the Arts
"Any writer entertaining thoughts of turning computer work to camera work would do well to read this classic guide."--Clockwatch Review: A Journal of the Arts
"I can hardly praise this book enough. Should every documentary student read it? Certainly. Should every documentary filmmaker, no matter how experienced they are, read it? Certainly."Film Quarterly
"I can hardly praise this book enough. Should every documentary student read it? Certainly. Should every documentary filmmaker, no matter how experienced they are, read it? Certainly." -- Film Quarterly
"Just as Rosenthal's books and films are
"Just as Rosenthal's books and films are about ideas, so his book is about 'above the neck' (as distinct from 'hands-on' skills). . . . The book is a major contribution to the literature of film teaching."International Documentary
"Just as Rosenthal's books and films are about ideas, so his book is about ‘above the neck' (as distinct from ‘hands-on' skills). . . . The book is a major contribution to the literature of film teaching." -- International Documentary
"Just as Rosenthal's books and films are about ideas, so his book is about ‘above the neck' (as distinct from ‘hands-on' skills). . . . The book is a major contribution to the literature of film teaching."--International Documentary
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Summaries
Main Description
As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers, Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos is "a book about storytelling-how to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes."
Main Description
As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers,Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videosis "a book about storytellinghow to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes." In response to the technological advances of the last six years and the demands of cable TV stations like Discovery and A&E, Alan Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Foregoing theory and hardware, Rosenthal tackles the day-to-day problems from initial concept through distribution, emphasizing the research and writing approach. He offers examples of interviewing, narration writing, and the complexities of editing. Simply and clearly, Rosenthal explains how to write, direct, and produce the documentary, whether film or video. New aspects of this third edition include nonlinear editing techniques, a complex budget example and its analysis, plus a chapter on "Staying Alive," which details how European and U.S. stations approach documentary and how the Internet can help filmmakers find new markets. A new chapter has been added to address the growing genre of family films.
Main Description
As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers, Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos is "a book about storytelling--how to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes." In response to the technological advances of the last six years and the demands of cable TV stations like Discovery and A&E, Alan Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Foregoing theory and hardware, Rosenthal tackles the day-to-day problems from initial concept through distribution, emphasizing the research and writing approach. He offers examples of interviewing, narration writing, and the complexities of editing. Simply and clearly, Rosenthal explains how to write, direct, and produce the documentary, whether film or video. New aspects of this third edition include nonlinear editing techniques, a complex budget example and its analysis, plus a chapter on "Staying Alive," which details how European and U.S. stations approach documentary and how the Internet can help filmmakers find new markets. A new chapter has been added to address the growing genre of family films.
Main Description
As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers,Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videosis "a book about storytelling--how to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes." In response to the technological advances of the last six years and the demands of cable TV stations like Discovery and A&E, Alan Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Foregoing theory and hardware, Rosenthal tackles the day-to-day problems from initial concept through distribution, emphasizing the research and writing approach. He offers examples of interviewing, narration writing, and the complexities of editing. Simply and clearly, Rosenthal explains how to write, direct, and produce the documentary, whether film or video. New aspects of this third edition include nonlinear editing techniques, a complex budget example and its analysis, plus a chapter on "Staying Alive," which details how European and U.S. stations approach documentary and how the Internet can help filmmakers find new markets. A new chapter has been added to address the growing genre of family films.
Unpaid Annotation
In this definitive and comprehensive guide, Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the 21st century. Foregoing theory and hardware, he tackles the day-to-day problems filmmakers encounter.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Preface to the Fourth Editionp. xi
Preface to the First Editionp. xv
Introductionp. 1
From Idea to First Draft
Clearing the Decksp. 9
Getting to Workp. 19
Writing the Proposalp. 33
Researchp. 56
Shaping the Filmp. 65
Beginning the First Draftp. 90
Completing the First Draftp. 103
Preproduction
Budget and Contractp. 129
Preproduction Surveyp. 146
Production
The Director Preparesp. 165
Directing the Interviewp. 177
On Locationp. 193
Postproduction
Editingp. 205
Writing the Final Narrationp. 226
Finishing the Filmp. 259
Special Cases
Making Your First Filmp. 269
Cinema Veritep. 275
Documentary Dramap. 288
The History Documentaryp. 311
Family Filmsp. 328
Industrial and Public Relations Filmsp. 351
Staying Alive: The Producer's Rolep. 364
Conclusion: Problems and Challengesp. 389
Budget for a One-Hour Documentary, Peace Processp. 401
Selected Bibliographyp. 407
Indexp. 409
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