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Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World

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Unlike traditional manuals on documentary filmmaking, this user-friendly volume draws upon real-world examples and the advice or experienced filmmakers to provide essential information about the nonfiction movie business. Readers will find indispensible advice on making the most of a film school education; the best ways to find financing for a film and the realities of budgeting; developing a successful proposal; the intricacies of working both as an independent filmmaker and for others; and navigating contracts ...

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Overview

Unlike traditional manuals on documentary filmmaking, this user-friendly volume draws upon real-world examples and the advice or experienced filmmakers to provide essential information about the nonfiction movie business. Readers will find indispensible advice on making the most of a film school education; the best ways to find financing for a film and the realities of budgeting; developing a successful proposal; the intricacies of working both as an independent filmmaker and for others; and navigating contracts and markets, two of the most confusing and complicated subjects filmmakers will encounter.

Not limiting himself to merely the documentary world, the author also offers valuable information and advice for filmmakers interested in other genres of nonfiction movies-such as industrial, public relations, travel, and educational films-to provide a truly comprehensive and one-of-a-kind guide for readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809330331
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Overview: The Route to Success 1

2 Making the Most of Film School 6

3 First Steps in the Real World 12

4 Vital Survival Knowledge 17

5 Working for Others 23

6 Becoming an Independent Filmmaker 32

7 Writing Your Winning Proposal 43

8 More on Proposals: Treatments and Problems 83

9 Budgeting for Survival and Profit 99

10 Financing Your Film 123

11 Production Contracts and Other Agreements 146

12 Making Money 167

13 Notes from the Front 182

Afterword 201

Index 203

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