Making Documentary Films and Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries
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Making Documentary Films and Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries

by Barry Hampe
     
 

The classic guide to making documentaries, now revised and expanded for today's filmmaker

The second edition of Making Documentary Films and Videos fully updates the popular guidebook that has given readers around the world the knowledge and confidence to produce their first documentary film. It traces two main approaches—recording behavior and

Overview

The classic guide to making documentaries, now revised and expanded for today's filmmaker

The second edition of Making Documentary Films and Videos fully updates the popular guidebook that has given readers around the world the knowledge and confidence to produce their first documentary film. It traces two main approaches—recording behavior and re-creating past events—and shows you how to be successful at each. Covering all the steps from concept to completion, with chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; writing for documentaries; budgeting; assembling a crew; film and sound recording; casting and directing actors and nonactors; and editing for the audience, this book can help you successfully bring to life the documentary you want to make.
The second edition includes
• a discussion of truth, "reality," and honesty in the current filmmaking environment
• new advice on how to get started in documentary filmmaking
• an expanded section on researching and writing the proposal,
treatment, and script
• an exhaustive list of resources

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805081817
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/10/2007
Edition description:
Second Edition, Revised & Expanded
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
421,387
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Hampe has made more than two hundred documentary films and information videos as director or scriptwriter or both.

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