Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events

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Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary—recording behavior and re-creating past events—and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting,...

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Overview

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary—recording behavior and re-creating past events—and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Clear, informative, and a valuable resource that combines professional expertise with personal experience."—Betsy McLane, Ph.D., Executive Director, International Documentary Association

"A thoroughly researched and informative guide for new documentary makers." —Pat Mitchell, President, Turner Original Productions

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YAA comprehensive and well-written introduction for aspiring filmmakers. Every aspect of production is covered, from conceptualizing an idea to seeking distributors for the final product. Technical aspects of video and film equipment are touched upon, but are not covered to such a degree that they become laborious. For instance, the subject of lighting, which could easily be a book unto itself, is addressed in a few pages. A filmography of classic documentaries and an appendix describing how to join the International Documentary Association are included. An invaluable tool for future producers and an excellent title to supplement videography and film-production classes.John Kiefman, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805044515
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 726,268
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Hampe, writer-director and film/video teacher has made more than 150 documentaries and information videos and has owned production companies in Philadelphia, Honolulu, and Las Vegas.

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Table of Contents

1 It Looks So Easy 3
2 How Things Got This Way 15
3 Reality Is Not Enough 30
4 Recording Human Behavior 36
5 Visual Evidence 49
6 Verisimilitude in Documentary 69
7 Ethics in Making a Documentary 77
8 Steps in Producing a Documentary 93
9 The Documentary Idea 103
10 Writing a Documentary 119
11 Scouting 142
12 The Documentary Crew 151
13 Equipment 164
14 Scheduling 173
15 How Much Will It Cost? 185
16 Recording Picture and Sound 199
17 Working on Location 218
18 Building an Invisible Wall 222
19 Directing People Who Are Not Actors 235
20 When You Must Work with Actors 247
21 The Documentary Interview 263
22 Some Other Production Considerations 272
23 Preparation for Post 279
24 Editing the Documentary 287
25 Finishing the Production 309
Appendix 315
Filmography 319
Bibliography 326
Index 329
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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Making Videos

    Don’t let the title fool you when it refers to making videos, this book is packed with insightful tools that will help you in any digital documentary.
    In Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos by Barry Hampe, the author takes you on a step by step journey into understanding the fundamentals of telling a story on film. The most important lesson to understand this medium demands that you plan before you even pick up the camera. The biggest mistake is that you go out and take lots of footage then get back to the editing room to discover that you don’t quite have what you need.
    Full of gems of wisdom, this book is a great guide for those who want to discover the magic of making your own films.

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