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Writing, directing, and producing documentary films and videos /
Alan Rosenthal.
edition
4th ed.
imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2007.
description
xvi, 418 p., [10] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0809327422 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780809327423 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2007.
isbn
0809327422 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780809327423 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6190652
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 407-408) and index.
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Reviews
Review Quotes
"I can hardly praise this book enough. Sh
"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"
"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
"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
"The book is a major contribution to the
"The book is a major contribution to the literature of film teaching." International Documentary
" The book is a major contribution to the literature of film teaching. " -- International Documentary
" The book is a major contribution to the literature of film teaching." -- "International Documentary"
"The book is a major contribution to the literature of film teaching." --"International Documentary"
"The book is a major contribution to the literature of film teaching." -- International Documentary
"This book should be called the 'Document
"This book should be called the 'Documentary Filmmaker's Guide to the Galaxy.' The moral, ethical, aesthetic, and communicative problems of documentary filmmaking are explored through knowledge and experience in the field, the studio, the editing room, theater, and television." Donald E. Staples, University of North Texas
" This book should be called the ' Documentary Filmmaker ' s Guide to the Galaxy. ' The moral, ethical, aesthetic, and communicative problems of documentary filmmaking are explored through knowledge and experience in the field, the studio, the editing room, theater, and television. " -- Donald E. Staples, University of North Texas
" This book should be called the ' Documentary Filmmaker' s Guide to the Galaxy.' The moral, ethical, aesthetic, and communicative problems of documentary filmmaking are explored through knowledge and experience in the field, the studio, the editing room, theater, and television." -- Donald E. Staples, University of North Texas
"This book should be called the 'Documentary Filmmaker's Guide to the Galaxy.' The moral, ethical, aesthetic, and communicative problems of documentary filmmaking are explored through knowledge and experience in the field, the studio, the editing room, theater, and television."--Donald E. Staples, University of North Texas
"This book should be called the 'Documentary Filmmaker's Guide to the Galaxy.' The moral, ethical, aesthetic, and communicative problems of documentary filmmaking are explored through knowledge and experience in the field, the studio, the editing room, theater, and television."Donald E. Staples, University of North Texas
"This book should be called the ‘Documentary Filmmaker's Guide to the Galaxy.' The moral, ethical, aesthetic, and communicative problems of documentary filmmaking are explored through knowledge and experience in the field, the studio, the editing room, theater, and television."-- Donald E. Staples , University of North Texas
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Summaries
Long 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 technological advances and the growth of the documentary hybrid in the past five years, Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Simply and clearly, he explains how to tackle day-to-day problems, from initial concept through distribution. He demonstrates his ideas throughout the book with examples from key filmmakers' work. New aspects of this fourth edition include a vital new chapter titled "Making Your First Film," and a considerable enlargement of the section for producers, "Staying Alive," which includes an extensive discussion of financing, marketing, festivals, and distribution. This new edition offers a revised chapter on nonlinear editing, more examples of precise and exacting proposals, and the addition of a complex budget example with explanation of the budgeting process. Discussion of documentary hybrids, with suggestions for mastering changes and challenges, has also been expanded, while the "Family Films" chapter includes updated information that addresses rapid expansion in this genre.
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 technological advances and the growth of the documentary hybrid in the past five years, Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Simply and clearly, he explains how to tackle day-to-day problems, from initial concept through distribution. He demonstrates his ideas throughout the book with examples from key filmmakers' work. New aspects of this fourth edition include a vital new chapter titled "Making Your First Film," and a considerable enlargement of the section for producers, "Staying Alive," which includes an extensive discussion of financing, marketing, festivals, and distribution. This new edition offers a revised chapter on nonlinear editing, more examples of precise and exacting proposals, and the addition of a complex budget example with explanation of the budgeting process. Discussion of documentary hybrids, with suggestions for mastering changes and challenges, has also been expanded, while the "Family Films" chapter includes updated information that addresses rapid expansion in this genre.
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 storytellinghow to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes." In response to technological advances and the growth of the documentary hybrid in the past five years, Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Simply and clearly, he explains how to tackle day-to-day problems, from initial concept through distribution. He demonstrates his ideas throughout the book with examples from key filmmakers' work. New aspects of this fourth edition include a vital new chapter titled "Making Your First Film," and a considerable enlargement of the section for producers, "Staying Alive," which includes an extensive discussion of financing, marketing, festivals, and distribution. This new edition offers a revised chapter on nonlinear editing, more examples of precise and exacting proposals, and the addition of a complex budget example with explanation of the budgeting process. Discussion of documentary hybrids, with suggestions for mastering changes and challenges, has also been expanded, while the "Family Films" chapter includes updated information that addresses rapid expansion in this genre.
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 technological advances and the growth of the documentary hybrid in the past five years, Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Simply and clearly, he explains how to tackle day-to-day problems, from initial concept through distribution. He demonstrates his ideas throughout the book with examples from key filmmakers' work. New aspects of this fourth edition include a vital new chapter titled "Making Your First Film," and a considerable enlargement of the section for producers, "Staying Alive," which includes an extensive discussion of financing, marketing, festivals, and distribution. This new edition offers a revised chapter on nonlinear editing, more examples of precise and exacting proposals, and the addition of a complex budget example with explanation of the budgeting process. Discussion of documentary hybrids, with suggestions for mastering changes and challenges, has also been expanded, while the "Family Films" chapter includes updated information that addresses rapid expansion in this genre.
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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