Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos, Fourth Edition [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos, Fourth Edition

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809387724
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 6/26/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,133,257
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Rosenthal has made more than sixty films for television. His books include New Challenges for Documentary, Why Docudrama? Fact-Fiction on Film and TV, and Jerusalem: Take One! Memoirs of a Jewish Filmmaker. He received a Peabody Award for Journalism and the International Documentary Association’s award for scholarship. Currently he divides his time among projects in Jerusalem, London, and New York. His most recent film is Stalin's Last Purge.
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Table of Contents


Contents
Illustrations
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. Introduction 1
Part One. From Idea to First Draft
2. Clearing the Decks
3. Getting to Work
4. Writing the Proposal
5. Research
6. Shaping the Film
7. Beginning the First Draft
8. Completing the First Draft
Part Two. Preproduction
9. Budget and Contract
10. Preproduction Survey
Part Three. Production
11. The Director Prepares
12. Directing the Interview
13. On Location
Part Four. Postproduction
14. Editing
15. Writing the Final Narration
16. Finishing the Film
Part Five. Special Cases
17. Making Your First Film
18. Cinema Verité
19. Documentary Drama
20. The History Documentary
21. Family Films
22. Industrial and Public Relations Films
23. Staying Alive: The Producer¿s Role
24. Conclusion: Problems and Challenges
Appendix: Budget for a One-Hour Documentary, Peace Process
Selected Bibliography
Index
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