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Directing the documentary /
Michael Rabiger.
edition
5th ed.
imprint
Amsterdam ; Boston : Focal Press/Elsevier, c2009.
description
xii, 660 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0240810899 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780240810898 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Amsterdam ; Boston : Focal Press/Elsevier, c2009.
isbn
0240810899 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780240810898 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6798564
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
"While there are many books about the technical basics of documentary film production, none of them integrate so thoroughly the artistic intention at the heart of great direction with the means of realization in pre-production, the field and the editing room...Great directing is equally a matter of heart and soul as much as technical knowledge. This idea is prevalent throughout Rabiger's book." - Ray Zone, International Documentary Magazine "What makes this book so valuable is that the author consistently searches for the philosophical underpinnings of his art and never gets lost in the technical processes of filmmaking." - Jonathan Luskin, Flying Moose Pictures, San Francisco "The book's greatest strength is the emphasis on documentary filmmaking as a creative, storytelling process....It supplies more in the way of an ethical foundation for the young filmmaker than any other title on the market." - Phil Hopper, Director, Theatre and Media Arts Program, Marymount College of Fordham University "Intelligent and artfully written, Directing the Documentary should enjoy a place of prominence in the library of every documentary videomaker." - Videomaker magazine "This text is inspirational, accessible, filled with useful filmic references and snippets of advice..." - POV2 Journal
"While there are many books about the technical basics of documentary film production, none of them integrate so thoroughly the artistic intention at the heart of great direction with the means of realization in pre-production, the field and the editing room...Great directing is equally a matter of heart and soul as much as technical knowledge. This idea is prevalent throughout Rabiger's book." -- Ray Zone, International Documentary Magazine 'What makes this book so valuable is that the author consistently searches for the philosophical underpinnings of his art and never gets lost in the technical processes of filmmaking.' - Jonathan Luskin, Flying Moose Pictures, San Francisco 'The book's greatest strength is the emphasis on documentary filmmaking as a creative, storytelling process....It supplies more in the way of an ethical foundation for the young filmmaker than any other title on the market.' - Phil Hopper, Director, Theatre and Media Arts Program, Marymount College of Fordham University 'Intelligent and artfully written, Directing the Documentary should enjoy a place of prominence in the library of every documentary videomaker.' - Videomaker magazine "...what really makes this book so valuable is that the author is just so inspiring. Rabiger writes with such enthusiasm that even the most nervous would-be documentary maker is encouraged. But this is not the extent of his audience as this text is also highly relevant and impassioning to the seasoned pro...This text is inspirational, accessible, filled with useful filmic references and snippets of advice...This updated 4th edition really is a must for anyone with an interest in documentary filmmaking." - POV2 Journal
"While there are many books about the technical basics of documentary film production, none of them integrate so thoroughly the artistic intention at the heart of great direction with the means of realization in pre-production, the field and the editing room...Great directing is equally a matter of heart and soul as much as technical knowledge. This idea is prevalent throughout Rabiger's book." - Ray Zone, International Documentary Magazine "What makes this book so valuable is that the author consistently searches for the philosophical underpinnings of his art and never gets lost in the technical processes of filmmaking." - Jonathan Luskin, Flying Moose Pictures, San Francisco "The book's greatest strength is the emphasis on documentary filmmaking as a creative, storytelling process....It supplies more in the way of an ethical foundation for the young filmmaker than any other title on the market." - Phil Hopper, Director, Theatre and Media Arts Program, Marymount College of Fordham University "Intelligent and artfully written, Directing the Documentary should enjoy a place of prominence in the library of every documentary videomaker." - Videomaker magazine "...what really makes this book so valuable is that the author is just so inspiring. Rabiger writes with such enthusiasm that even the most nervous would-be documentary maker is encouraged. But this is not the extent of his audience as this text is also highly relevant and impassioning to the seasoned pro...This text is inspirational, accessible, filled with useful filmic references and snippets of advice...This updated 4th edition really is a must for anyone with an interest in documentary filmmaking." - POV2 Journal "Skim and scan this one? Nope! Read it cover to cover? Absolutely! Not since I read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Codehas a book been the cause of forcing me to rethink things as much as this one. For those either making documentaries or thinking about it, this is the book to get." - Steve Douglas, underwater videographer and writer for kenstone.net "I read Michael Rabiger's Directing the Documentary which contains a list of not-to-miss American documentaries and Thin Blue Line is among them, as well as other films that depict wrongful incarcerations, such as Murder on a Sunday Morning."--PBS.com's blog "Doc Soup"
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Summaries
Back Cover Copy
Directing the Documentary is the definitive and comprehensive book on the form, offering timeless principles that will improve your work. Ideal for documentary courses as well as aspiring and current directors, Directing the Documentary covers all phases of preproduction and production. The emphasis is on the hands-on work needed to make your concept a reality, and to that end dozens of projects, exercises, and idea-provoking questionnaires are included. Covering both the fundamental basics and advanced issues in documentary production, the book includes researching and honing a documentary idea, developing a crew, directing the team, and maininting control throughout shooting. * Comprehensive manual on the creative, technical, and artistic aspects of directing--become an inspired director! * Includes dozens of practical exercises that demystify the complex process of making a documentary and make it achievable * Realistic advice and encouragement from a highly regarded filmmaker, mentor, and teacher to help you on your path * Companion website features handy production checklists and forms, videos for some of the films discussed in the book, and a master bibliography: http://directingthedocumentary.com [Please refer to the access code inside the back cover of the book to obtain access to the companion site]
Bowker Data Service Summary
Michael Rabiger guides the reader through the stages required to conceive, edit and produce a documentary. He also provides advice on the law, ethics and authorship as well as career possibilities and finding work.
Main Description
Directing the Documentary is a comprehensive manual that has inspired over 100,000 readers worldwide. If you are interested in making documentary films, everything you need technically and conceptually is here. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career. Directing covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. It emphasizes low-cost digital technology, which allows cutting-edge creativity and professionalism on shoestring budgets. And, recognizing that you learn best by doing, the book includes dozens of practical hands-on projects and activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills. Just as important as surmounting technological hurdles is the conceptual and authorial side of filmmaking. This book offers eminently practical tools and exercises to help you develop credible and compelling stories. It shows you how to surpass mere technical proficiency and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style. * Comprehensive manual on the creative, technical, and artistic aspects of directing; become an inspired director! * Includes dozens of practical exercises that demystify the complex process of making a documentary and make it achievable * Realistic advice and encouragement from a highly regarded filmmaker, mentor, and teacher to help you on your path
Main Description
Directing the Documentary is a comprehensive manual that has inspired over 100,000 readers worldwide. If you are interested in making documentary films, everything you need technically and conceptually is here. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career. Directing the Documentary covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. It emphasizes low-cost digital technology, which allows cutting-edge creativity and professionalism on shoestring budgets. And, recognizing that you learn best by doing, the book includes dozens of practical hands-on projects and activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills. Just as important as surmounting technological hurdles is the conceptual and authorial side of filmmaking. This book offers eminently practical tools and exercises to help you develop credible and compelling stories. It shows you how to surpass mere technical proficiency and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style. * Comprehensive manual on the creative, technical, and artistic aspects of directing; become an inspired director! * Includes dozens of practical exercises that demystify the complex process of making a documentary and make it achievable * Realistic advice and encouragement from a highly regarded filmmaker, mentor, and teacher to help you on your path to making successful documentary films * New companion website features tons of handy production checklists & forms, videos for some of the films discussed in the book, along with a master bibliography (access information for the companion site is located inside the book) * "Remember Me" and "Project" boxes are now scattered throughout the text, pointing out key concepts and practical projects that students may undertake
Main Description
Directing the Documentary is a comprehensive manual that has inspired over 100,000 readers worldwide. If you are interested in making documentary films, everything you need technically and conceptually is here. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career. Directing the Documentary covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. It emphasizes low-cost digital technology, which allows cutting-edge creativity and professionalism on shoestring budgets. And, recognizing that you learn best by doing, the book includes dozens of practical hands-on projects and activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills. Just as important as surmounting technological hurdles is the conceptual and authorial side of filmmaking. This book offers eminently practical tools and exercises to help you develop credible and compelling stories. It shows you how to surpass mere technical proficiency and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style.* Comprehensive manual on the creative, technical, and artistic aspects of directing; become an inspired director!* Includes dozens of practical exercises that demystify the complex process of making a documentary and make it achievable* Realistic advice and encouragement from a highly regarded filmmaker, mentor, and teacher to help you on your path to making successful documentary films* New companion website features tons of handy production checklists & forms, videos for some of the films discussed in the book, along with a master bibliography (access information for the companion site is located inside the book)* "Remember Me" and "Project" boxes are now scattered throughout the text, pointing out key concepts and practical projects that students may undertake
Main Description
Directing the Documentary is a comprehensive manual that has inspired over 100,000 readers worldwide. If you are interested in making documentary films, everything you need technically and conceptually is here. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career. Directing the Documentary covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. It emphasizes low-cost digital technology, which allows cutting-edge creativity and professionalism on shoestring budgets. And, recognizing that you learn best by doing, the book includes dozens of practical hands-on projects and activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills. Just as important as surmounting technological hurdles is the conceptual and authorial side of filmmaking. This book offers eminently practical tools and exercises to help you develop credible and compelling stories. It shows you how to surpass mere technical proficiency and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style. Please visit http://directingthedocumentary.com for the book's companion website. (Please refer to the access code printed on the inside back cover of the book to obtain access to the companion site).
Main Description
Filled with practical advice for documentarians on every stage of production, this text covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. This book also offers practical tools and exercises to help documentary directors develop credible and compelling stories.
Main Description
Well-known in the documentary community as the best, most comprehensive book in the field, the new edition of Directing the Documentary has been thoroughly reworked to be current, visually appealing, and easier to navigate. Michael Rabiger guides aspiring documentary filmmakers through the entire documentary-making process, from idea development to editing and distribution. What sets this book apart is the inspiring advice on the artistic, aesthetic, and ethical aspects of the documentary form. Also, it is a completely hands-on book that encourages acttion and practice of the reader.
Table of Contents
Fundamentals
You and Your Ideas
The Director's Role
Recognizing Your Artistic Identity
Developing Your Story Ideas
Proposing and Pitching a Short Documentary
Documentaries and Film Language
Documentary Language
Elements and Grammar
Preproduction
Research
Developing a Crew
Production
Camera Equipment
Lighting
Location Sound
Directing
Postproduction
Editing: From Start to Viewing the First Assembly
Editing: The Process of Refinement
Editing: From Fine Cut To Sound Mix
Titles and Acknowledgments
Advanced Issues
Documentary Aesthetics
Point of View
Time, Development, And Structure
Form, Control, and Style
Reenactment, Reconstruction, and Docudrama
Advanced Production Issues 7a Preproduction
Advanced Research
Values, Ethics, And Choices
The Advanced Documentary Proposal
Preparing To Direct 7b Production
Optics
Cameras and Camera Equipment
Location Sound
Organization, Crew, and Procedures
Advanced Directing
Conducting and Shooting Interviews 7c Postproduction
From Transcript To Film Script
Creating Narration
Using Music and Working with a Composer
Editing: Refinements and Structural Problems
Education and Starting Your Career
Education
From Film School To Film Industry
Glossary
Index
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