Documentary Film Maker's Handbook / Edition 1

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Documentary films have enjoyed a huge resurgence over the last few years, and there's a new generation of filmmakers wanting to get involved. In addition, the digital revolution has made documentaries even more accessible to the general filmmaker. Documentary films can now be shot professionally using cheaper equipment, and smaller cameras enable the documentarian to be less intrusive and therefore more intimate in the subjects' lives. With an increasing number of documentaries making it to the big screen (and enjoying ongoing sales on DVD), the time is right for an information-packed handbook that will guide new filmmakers towards potential artistic and commercial success.

The Documentary Film Makers Handbook features incisive and helpful interviews with dozens of industry professionals, on subjects as diverse as interview techniques, the NBC News Archive, music rights, setting up your own company, the Film Arts Foundation, pitching your proposal, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the Documentary Channel, the British Film Council, camera hire, filmmaking ethics, working with kids, editing your documentary, and DVD distribution.

The book also includes in-depth case studies of some of the most successful and acclaimed documentary films of recent years, including Mad Hot Ballroom, Born Into Brothels, Touching the Void, Beneath the Veil,and Amandla!

The Documentary Film Makers Handbook will be an essential resource for anyone who wants to know more about breaking into this exciting field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826416650
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/14/2006
  • Series: Guerilla Guides
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,558,503
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Genevieve Jolliffe met Chris Jones at film school and the two went into independent filmmaking through their production company, Living Spirit Pictures. She directed their third film together, Urban Ghost Story, in 1998. After moving to Los Angeles, Genevieve was a major force in pulling together the US edition of The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, and she also co-authored The Documentary Film Makers Handbook in 2006. With her husband and screenwriting partner Andrew Zinnes, she has sold projects to Warner Bros and has two indie features set to be filmed in 2010.

Andrew Zinnes has worked in development at Paramount Pictures and at USA Networks. He left to become a script analyst, and worked for Morgan Creek Productions, Artisan and several script analyst companies. Using his documentary filmmaking experience, Andrew was the perfect co-author for The Documentary Film Makers Handbook. He has taught documentary at the NY Film Academy and has lectured on filmmaking at schools and colleges around the US. He is a founding partner of the film company Crazee Pictures.

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Table of Contents


American University - Pat Aufderhiede

UC Berkeley - Jon Else

Documentary Center - Nina Seavey

Sundance Labs - Shannon Kelly

Docs Rock - Thelma Vickroy &Tony Saavedra


Setting Up a Company - Stephen Sheppard

Legalities - Michael Donaldson

Music Rights - Brooke Wentz


The Documentary Doctor - Fernanda Rossi

Finding Your Subject - Mark Harris

Ethics - Kees Bakker

Researcher - Rosemary Rotondi

Archival Footage - Nancy Cole

Proposals - Morrie Warshawski

Open Pitching - Michellea McLean

Pitching Funders - Carole Dean


IDA - Sandra Ruch

IFP-NY - Milton Tabbot

DocuClub - Susan Kaplan &Mary Kerr

Film/Video Arts - Paul Kontanis

Film Arts Foundation - Donald Harrison

AIVF - Priscilla Grim

Women Make Movies - Debbie Zimmerman


The Writer's Guild - John Koch

Writing Narration - Jordan Roberts


Paul Robeson Fund - Trinh Duong &Aleah Bacquie Vaughn

ITVS - Claire Aguilar

NY State Council on the Arts - Debby Silverfine

California Documentary Project - Susana Loza

NEH - Michael Shirley

NEA - Ted Libbey


WGBH - Denise Diianni

HBO - Nancy Abraham

Discovery Networks - Abby Greensfelder

PBS - Coby Atlas

National Geographic Channel - Heather Moran

MTV - Lauren Lazin

Sundance Channel - Christian Vesper

CBC - Jerry McIntosh

The Documentary Channel - Michael Burns


National Geographic Feature Films - Adam Leipzig

POV - Cara Mertes

Independent Lens - Lois Vossen

Cactus 3 - Krysanne Katsoolis, Caroline Stevens &Julie Goldman

NFL Films - Steve Sabol


European Documentary Network - Anita Reher

Channel 4 - Simon Dickson

Channel 4 Documentary Film Foundation - Maxyne Franklin

Shooting People - Jess Search

BBC Storyville - Jo Lapping

ARTE - Thierry Garrel

TV-2 - Mette Hoffmann Meyer

Finnish Film Foundation - Miia Haavisto

Sithengi Africa - Michael Auret

The Middle East - John Sinno

Israel &Palestine - Phillippa Kowarsky

Thailand - Thunska Pansittivorakul

Mexico - Elena Fortes

South America - Amir Labaki

Australia - Trevor Graham


Producer - Agi Orsi

Insurance - Kent Hamilton

Docu-Drama Producer - Lisa Harney

DP - Joan Churchill

IMAX DP - Greg MacGillivray

Production Sound - Alan Barker

The Travel Doc Host - Ian Wright

The Lab - Russ Suniewyk

The Digital Lab - Larry Schmitt

The Editor - Paul Crowder

The Music Composer - Miriam Cutler

The Sound Mixer - Mark Rozett


Full Frame Film Festival - Nancy Buirski

IDFA - David Tiegler

Docs for Sale - Adriek Van Nieuwenhuyzen

Jan Vrijman Fund - Isabel Arrate\

IDFA Forum - Fleur Knopperts

Silverdocs - Patricia Finneman

Sundance - Caroline Libresco

The Producer's Rep - Josh Braun

The Publicist - David Magdael

Designing Your Website - Cindy Johansen


The Sales Agent - Jan Rofekamp

The Distributor - Eamonn Bowles

DVD Distribution - Ellen Capon

Education Distribution - Cynthia Close

Indie Theater - John Vanco

Museum Distribution - Bo Smith

Google Video - Jen Feiken

Outfoxed: DIY Distribution - Robert Greenwald

Alternative Distribution - Peter Broderick - Katy Chevigny


The Detective - Nick Broomfield

Listen Up! - Michael Apted

Queen of the Doc - Barbara Kopple

Seek Truth - St. Clair Bourne

Actual Reality - R.J. Cutler


Mad Hot Ballroom

Rock School

Why We Fight

After Innocence


Mardi Gras: Made in China

Control Room

Born Into Brothels

Genghis Blues

Shape of the Moon

The Education of Shelby Knox

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Waves of Revolution to War and Peace

March of the Penguins

Trembling Before G-d

3 Rooms of Melancholia

La Sierra

My Date With Drew

The Liberace of Baghdad

A State of Mind

Cameroon to France

Dogtown &Z-Boys to Riding Giants

The Man Who Stole My Mother's Face

The Fall of Fujimori

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