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

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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 ...

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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

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805081817
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/10/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised & Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 645,890
  • 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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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 December 5, 2009

    Worth every penny.

    It's rare for me to write a review simply because most books aren't worthy. I would recommend this book to any new filmmaker as it covers the process of making a film end to end. Not a primer on lighting, sound, shoot selection. But the production side of what makes a documentary. My copy is dogeared and highlighted to death. One of the best investments in my film making career. Glad I found it at the relative beginning of the film.

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