Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World by Alan Rosenthal
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.
Alan Rosenthal, a professor emeritus of communications at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is a documentary filmmaker with more than fifty films to his credit as writer, director, or producer. His books include Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World and From “Chariots of Fire” to “The King's Speech”: Writing Biopics and Docudramas. His docudrama The First Fagin, about the transportation of convicts to Australia in the nineteenth century, was invited for special feature presentation at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2012.