Producing with Passion: Making Films That Change the World

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Documentary filmmaker Fadiman chronicles her more than 30 years of experience searching out practical approaches to get her productions funded, finished, and seen, balancing inspiration and commitment with financing, shooting, editing, and promotion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932907445
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 708,653
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: How Can a Film Make a Difference?

Ch. 1 Trusting Your Instincts 1

Ch. 2 Focusing Your Energies 14

Ch. 3 Know Your Subject 26

Ch. 4 Building Community: From Kickoff to Launch 37

Ch. 5 Planning an Unscripted Documentary 45

Ch. 6 Creating a Blueprint for Your Film 58

Ch. 7 Attracting Funding 68

Ch. 8 Your Core Group 81

Ch. 9 The Production Team 90

Ch. 10 Interns and Volunteers 104

Ch. 11 Preproduction Planning: Getting Ready To Shoot 111

Ch. 12 Field Production 122

Ch. 13 Interviews: Gathering People's Stories 138

Ch. 14 Building the Story 151

Ch. 15 Editing 169

Ch. 16 Feedback Screenings 187

Ch. 17 Finishing the Film 196

Ch. 18 What's Next for You? 211

Ch. 19 Screening Your Movie 217

Ch. 20 Publicity 237

Ch. 21 Reaching Potential Viewers: Distribution 246

Conclusion 258

About the Authors 260

Index 262

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2008

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    The authors of Producing With Passion are well-qualified and well-experienced, yet still have enthusiasm and excitement for their subject. This practical yet personal book has three relevant and essential sections: getting it right, getting it done, getting it out. Each chapter is well-organized and gives both overviews and details, with a follow-up 'Key Points' at the end. Having worked on documentaries myself, including in the Arctic and in SE Asia, I fully appreciate Fadiman and Levelle's advice and wish we'd had their book before we set off on our adventures. I certainly intend to use parts of it as a helpful handbook on a feature length documentary I'm currently producing. In addition to practical business advice, Fadiman also has a sensitive understanding of the psychological ups-and-downs of creating a film close to your own heart. Just knowing your feelings are typical can help you get through some of the harder times inherent in this kind of creative work. Whatever your Passion, this book is a practical and inspiring how-to guide for putting that passion into a film that can change others, and maybe even the world. Pamela Jaye Smith Producer, RGO Media

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