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Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen / Edition 3

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Overview

Updated and improved, with new case studies and conversations with award-winning filmmakers including Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), James Marsh (Man on Wire), and Deborah Scranton (The War Tapes).

Documentary Storytelling has reached filmmakers and filmgoers worldwide with its unique focus on the single most important aspect of documentary media-making: storytelling. Drawing on the narrative tools of the creative writer, the unique strengths of a visual and aural media, and the power of real-world content truthfully presented, Documentary Storytelling offers advice for producers, directors, editors, and cinematographers seeking to make ethical and effective nonfiction films, and for those who use these films to educate, inform, and inspire. Special interview chapters explore storytelling as practiced by renowned producers, directors, and editors. This third edition has been updated and expanded, with discussion of newer films including Waltz with Bashir and Why We Fight.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Bernard's brilliant and effective Documentary Storytelling...aims to guide the Errol Morrises of tomorrow with great advice and practical knowledge that every documentarian would benefit from."—Backstage

"Storytelling—that's what this book is about. It's about the story, how to convey that story eloquently, effectively, and ethically...This book is absolutely brilliant."—Krista Galyen, AAUG Reviews

From the Publisher

"Bernard's brilliant and effective Documentary Storytelling...aims to guide the Errol Morrises of tomorrow with great advice and practical knowledge that every documentarian would benefit from."--Backstage

"Storytelling--that's what this book is about. It's about the story, how to convey that story eloquently, effectively, and ethically...This book is absolutely brilliant."--Krista Galyen, AAUG Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240812410
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/22/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 138,858
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Curran Bernard is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and the author of Documentary Storytelling, a best selling guide to story and structure in nonfiction filmmaking, and , a guide to using archival footage and material in films. Her archival film credits include the series Eyes on the Prize, I'll Make Me a World, This Far By Faith, America's War on Poverty, and School, for which she also co-wrote the companion book. She has taught at Princeton University and Westbrook College and recently joined the faculty of the University at Albany, State University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

PART I Understanding Story

Chapter 2 Story Basics 15

Chapter 3 Finding the Story 33

Chapter 4 Story Struture 47

Chapter 5 Time on Screen 67

Chapter 6 Creative Approach 79

Chapter 7 Case Studies 93

PART II Working with Story

Chapter 8 Research 119

Chapter 9 Planning 133

Chapter 10 Selling 149

Chapter 11 Shooting 173

Chapter 12 Editing 187

Chapter 13 Narration and Voice-Over 205

Chapter 14 Storytelling: A Checklist 223

PART III Talking about Story

Chapter 15 Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan 227

Chapter 16 Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes 239

Chapter 17 Ric Burns 251

Chapter 18 Brett Culp 261

Chapter 19 Nick Fraser 275

Chapter 20 Alex Gibney 285

Chapter 21 Susan Kim 297

Chapter 22 James Marsh 307

Chapter 23 Sam Pollard 321

Chapter 24 Deborah Scranton 331

PART IV Additional Material

Sources and Notes 347

Films 353

Index 361

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