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Documentary media : history, theory, practice /
Broderick Fox.
imprint
Boston : Allyn & Bacon, 2010.
description
x, 254 p. : ill.
ISBN
0205644554, 9780205644551
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imprint
Boston : Allyn & Bacon, 2010.
isbn
0205644554
9780205644551
contents note
Reimagining documentary -- A brief history of documentary: movements and modes -- Crafting your story -- Audio-visualizing the documentary -- Documentary ethics: focusing your professional "gaze" -- The post-production process -- Distribution strategies: from movie to movement.
catalogue key
7040090
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Summaries
Back Cover Copy
This book offers the following key features: Into Practice sections(each chapter) help readers to watch and analyze media, ideate and develop their own project proposal, and experiment with production using whatever technology is at their disposal. Practical examples and advice about various production scenariosare offered in each chapter, including assignable production exercises that do not assume access to a professional, unattainable roster of equipment. Withover 250 documentary frames and illustrations, the use of images to show multiple perspectives and facets referenced in media projects and visually explicate concepts and nuances a single still would never be able to depict is unprecedented in the discipline. Production work is grounded inhistorical contextthroughout the text. Theory and conceptsare made accessible through the use of plain language multiple media examples, and a clear delineation of political and ethical implications. Documentary ethics and ethically informed project planning(ch. 5) are considered alongside historical, critical, and practical contexts. Invaluableproduction tipsand a guide to modeling a clear production process (ch. 6) are provided. Production exercises(appendix) help the reader develop technical skills while grounding each exercise in critical ideas and historical referent. Easy access torelease form and call sheet templates(appendix)encourage students to consider project organization and legal protection. Aesthetic Planning(ch. 4) is presented through a range of examples along with a clear process for how to develop a detailed, practical plan for a documentary project. Thepost-production process and skills set(ch. 7)are explored as readers are challenged to consider all the conceptual and practical possibilities of editing. Audience Analysis and Distribution Strategies(ch. 8) include an emphasis on careful research and defining the target audience and the utilization of non-traditional distribution and community-formation strategies to share projects with a public.
Main Description
For practitioners and students alike,Documentary Medialays out fundamental concepts and production processes needed to contribute to the contemporary production of non-fiction media in the digital age. Each chapter draws the reader in by challenging traditional assumptions about documentary form and function and offering historical and contemporary examples. Fox aims to help the reader establish a complete treatment, aesthetic plan, and pre-production strategy for their own documentary project.
Main Description
Documentary Media: History, Theory, Practice facilitates the study of documentary media, its changing forms, and diverse social functions. Fox provides balanced and accessible coverage of the historical, critical, and the practical aspects of documentary media without mandating specialized skills sets in students or access to costly technology. For practitioners and students alike, Documentary Media lays out fundamental concepts and production processes needed to contribute to the contemporary production of non-fiction media in the digital age. Each chapter engages students by challenging traditional assumptions about documentary form and function, posing critical and creative questions, and offering historical and contemporary examples. Additionally, each chapter closes with an “Into Practice” section that assists readers in applying the chapter’s concepts. Fox aims to help the student establish a complete treatment, aesthetic plan, and pre-production strategy for their own documentary project.
Long Description
Documentary Media: History, Theory, Practice facilitates the study of documentary media, its changing forms, and diverse social functions. Fox provides balanced and accessible coverage of the historical, critical, and the practical aspects of documentary media without mandating specialized skills sets in students or access to costly technology. For practitioners and students alike, Documentary Media lays out fundamental concepts and production processes needed to contribute to the contemporary production of non-fiction media in the digital age. Each chapter engages students by challenging traditional assumptions about documentary form and function, posing critical and creative questions, and offering historical and contemporary examples. Additionally, each chapter closes with an "Into Practice" section that assists readers in applying the chapter's concepts. Fox aims to help the student establish a complete treatment, aesthetic plan, and pre-production strategy for their own documentary project.
Long Description
Documentary Media: History, Theory, Practicefacilitates the study of documentary media, its changing forms, and diverse social functions. Fox provides balanced and accessible coverage of the historical, critical, and the practical aspects of documentary media without mandating specialized skills sets in students or access to costly technology.For practitioners and students alike, Documentary Media lays out fundamental concepts and production processes needed to contribute to the contemporary production of non-fiction media in the digital age. Each chapter engages students by challenging traditional assumptions about documentary form and function, posing critical and creative questions, and offering historical and contemporary examples. Additionally, each chapter closes with an "Into Practice" section that assists readers in applying the chapter's concepts. Fox aims to help the student establish a complete treatment, aesthetic plan, and pre-production strategy for their own documentary project.
Back Cover Copy
This book offers the following key features: Into Practice sections (each chapter) help readers to watch and analyze media, ideate and develop their own project proposal, and experiment with production using whatever technology is at their disposal. Practical examples and advice about various production scenarios are offered in each chapter, including assignable production exercises that do not assume access to a professional, unattainable roster of equipment. With over 250 documentary frames and illustrations , the use of images to show multiple perspectives and facets referenced in media projects and visually explicate concepts and nuances a single still would never be able to depict is unprecedented in the discipline. Production work is grounded in historical context throughout the text. Theory and concepts are made accessible through the use of plain language multiple media examples, and a clear delineation of political and ethical implications. Documentary ethics and ethically informed project planning (ch. 5) are considered alongside historical, critical, and practical contexts. Invaluable production tips and a guide to modeling a clear production process (ch. 6) are provided. Production exercises (appendix) help the reader develop technical skills while grounding each exercise in critical ideas and historical referent. Easy access to release form and call sheet templates (appendix)encourage students to consider project organization and legal protection. Aesthetic Planning (ch. 4) is presented through a range of examples along with a clear process for how to develop a detailed, practical plan for a documentary project. The post-production process and skills set (ch. 7)are explored as readers are challenged to consider all the conceptual and practical possibilities of editing. Audience Analysis and Distribution Strategies (ch. 8) include an emphasis on careful research and defining the target audience and the utilization of non-traditional distribution and community-formation strategies to share projects with a public.
Table of Contents
Chapters
Reimagining Documentary
·Reality?
·OBJECTIVITY?
·TRUTH?
·THE SUBJECT OF DOCUMENTARY
The "Gap" Between Subject and Filmmaker
Countering Ethnography
·PUSHING DOCUMENTARY FORM AND FUNCTION
·DOCUMENTARY, POWER, AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE
·INTO PRACTICE
Analysis
Development
Production
·WORKS CITED
A Brief History of Documentary: Movements and Modes
·ROBERT FLAHERTY: BUILDING CHARACTER AND NARRATIVE COHERENCE
·CINEMA AS SOCIAL TOOL: RUSSIAN FORMALISM AND THE REFLEXIVE MODE
·WAYS OF SEEING: AVANT-GARDES AND THE POETIC MODE
·DOCUMENTARY AS HAMMER: THE EXPOSITORY MODE
·DIRECT CINEMA: THE OBSERVATIONAL MODE
·CINeMA VeRITe: THE PartICIPATORY MODE
·THE EMERGENCE OF VIDEO: TAKING ON TV & TOP-DOWN MEDIA
Collective Resistance: Guerilla TV
Community-Based Media and Independent Investigative Reporting
·BODY AS CONDUIT: THE PERFORMATIVE MODE
Feminist Performativity
Queer Performativity
Broader Use of the Performative Mode
·PERFORMING SELF: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MODE
Second Wave Feminism and Autobiography
Gay Rights Media and Queer Autobiography
·TRYING OUT REALITY: THE ESSAYISTIC MODE
·MULTI-MODAL MAKING
·INTO PRACTICE
Analysis
Development
Production
·WORKS CITED
Crafting Your Story
·CONTENT: WHAT's IT REALLY ABOUT?
The Central Question
Theme, Story, Plot
World and Scope
Who is Your Audience
Documentary Function
·RHETORIC: THE ART OF PERSUASION
A Sense of Ethos: Character Development
Feeling Pathos: Emotional Truths
Building With Logos: Demonstrative Proof
Choosing Your Rhetoric
·STRUCTURE: ORGANIZING REALITY
Back to Aristotle
Stuck in the Middle
Structural Variations: Linear, Episodic, Thematic
Establishing a Present Tense
Developing Character Arcs
·INTO PRACTICE
Analysis
Development
Production
Style: Audio-Visualizing the Documentary
·VISUAL DESIGN
Shooting Format
Aspect Ratio
Color vs. Black and White
Framing
Shot Size
Camera Placement
Movement
Lighting
Visual Metaphors and Structural Motifs
Challenging Expectations
·SOUND DESIGN
Tracks
Smart Design
Sound Alternatives: Beyond Voiceover and Talking Heads
·THE BIG PICTURE
·INTO PRACTICE
Analysis
Development
Production
Documentary Ethics: Focusing Your Professional "Gaze"
·THE GAZE
The Accidental Gaze
The Helpless Gaze
The Endangered Gaze
The Interventional Gaze
The Humane Stare
The Professional Gaze?
·APPROACHING THE OTHER
·ETHICAL PRODUCTION METHODS
·THE LEGACIES OF INTERVENTION
·AN ETHICS OF THE ARCHIVE
·YOUR PROFESSIONAL GAZE?
·INTO PRACTICE
Analysis
Development
Production
Project Information Sheet
Subject Release Form
Capturing Reality: Production Strategies
·IN FOR THE LONG HAUL: HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A
·PLANNING AHEAD AND LETTING GO: TOUCH THE SOUND
·A VESTED CREW: DARK DAYS
·THE PRODUCTION NOTEBOOK
Project Information Sheets, Release Forms, and Emergency Medical Forms
Location Releases and Permits
Production Insurance and Carnets
Shooting Schedule
Call Sheets
Treatment, Prospectus, and Aesthetic Plan
Camera Reports and Editing Log
·THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB: CAMERA/SOUND TESTS
Location Scouting
Camera Test
Lighting and Exposure
Making Sound Decisions
Types of Microphones
Handling and Positioning
Tethered or Wireless
Covering Your Bases
·SHOOTING ON THE FLY: FIELD TECHNIQUES
Interviewing Tips
Coverage, Handles, and Transitions
Room Tone and Wild Sound
Developing a Routine
·INTO PRACTICE
Analysis
Development
Production
Shaping Reality: the Post-Production Process
·EDITING: CUTTING OUT THE BAD PartS?
Selects: One Man's Trash, Another Man's Treasure
·DEVELOPING AN EDITING STYLE
Shots, Scenes, and Sequences
Transparency vs. Reflexivity
Modes and Editing Style
Manipulating Space and Time
Suspense vs. Surprise
Teasers and Trailers
·DESIGNING SOUND
Track Organization
Sound Masking
Words, Words, Words
Mickey Mousing
Dynamics
Towards an Ethics of Scoring and Sound Design
Music Rights
Working With a Composer
A Grizzly Case Study
·CONCLUSION: A POST-PRODUCTION MAP
·INTO PRACTICE
Analysis
Development
Music Release Form
Practice
Distribution Strategies: From Movie to Movement
·DON't UNDERESTIMATE YOUR AUDIENCE
·ALTERNATE ACCESS
·ACTIVE SPECTATORSHIP
·BUILDING COMMUNITY
·THE FUTURE OF DOCUMENTARY?
·INTO PRACTICE
Analysis
Development
Practice
Appendices
Project 1: Camera-less Documentary
Project 2: Exploring Modes of Representation
Project 3: Gaining Perspective
Project 4: Editing a Teaser and Trailer
Project 5: Establishing a Web Presence
Exercise: Camera Concepts
Exercise: Sound Decisions
Quick Reference: Modes Reviewed
Quick Reference: Sample Forms
Quick Reference: Prospectus Checklist and Guidelines
Filmography
Index
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