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Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos / Edition 3
     

Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos / Edition 3

by Alan Rosenthal
 

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ISBN-10: 0809327422

ISBN-13: 9780809327423

Pub. Date: 06/28/2007

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers, Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos is “a book about storytelling—how to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes.”
 
In response to technological

Overview

As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers, Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos is “a book about storytelling—how to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes.”
 
In response to technological advances and the growth of the documentary hybrid in the past five years, Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Simply and clearly, he explains how to tackle day-to-day problems, from initial concept through distribution. He demonstrates his ideas throughout the book with examples from key filmmakers’ work.
 
New aspects of this fourth edition include a vital new chapter titled "Making Your First Film," and a considerable enlargement of the section for producers, "Staying Alive," which includes an extensive discussion of financing, marketing, festivals, and distribution. This new edition offers a revised chapter on nonlinear editing, more examples of precise and exacting proposals, and the addition of a complex budget example with explanation of the budgeting process. Discussion of documentary hybrids, with suggestions for mastering changes and challenges, has also been expanded, while the “Family Films” chapter includes updated information that addresses rapid expansion in this genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809327423
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
4th Edtion
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Preface to the Fourth Edition     xi
Preface to the First Edition     xv
Introduction     1
From Idea to First Draft
Clearing the Decks     9
Getting to Work     19
Writing the Proposal     33
Research     56
Shaping the Film     65
Beginning the First Draft     90
Completing the First Draft     103
Preproduction
Budget and Contract     129
Preproduction Survey     146
Production
The Director Prepares     165
Directing the Interview     177
On Location     193
Postproduction
Editing     205
Writing the Final Narration     226
Finishing the Film     259
Special Cases
Making Your First Film     269
Cinema Verite     275
Documentary Drama     288
The History Documentary     311
Family Films     328
Industrial and Public Relations Films     351
Staying Alive: The Producer's Role     364
Conclusion: Problems and Challenges     389
Budget for a One-Hour Documentary, Peace Process     401
Selected Bibliography     407
Index     409

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