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Directing the Documentary

Directing the Documentary
Author: Michael Rabiger
ISBN 13: 9780240810898
ISBN 10: 240810899
Edition: 5
Publisher: Focal Press
Publication Date: 2009-02-13
Format: Paperback
Pages: 672
List Price: $52.95

Directing the Documentary is the definitive and comprehensive book on the form, offering timeless principles that will improve your work. Ideal for documentary courses as well as aspiring and current directors, Directing the Documentary covers all phases of preproduction and production. The emphasis is on the hands-on work needed to make your concept a reality, and to that end dozens of projects, exercises, and idea-provoking questionnaires are included. Covering both the fundamental basics and advanced issues in documentary production, the book includes researching and honing a documentary idea, developing a crew, directing the team, and maininting control throughout shooting.

* Comprehensive manual on the creative, technical, and artistic aspects of directing—become an inspired director!

* Includes dozens of practical exercises that demystify the complex process of making a documentary and make it achievable

* Realistic advice and encouragement from a highly regarded filmmaker, mentor, and teacher to help you on your path

* Companion website features handy production checklists and forms, videos for some of the films discussed in the book, and a master bibliography:


[Please refer to the access code inside the back cover of the book to obtain access to the companion site]


Takes a hands-on, project-oriented approach to using the screen as a tool of inquiry and self-expression. Covers the entire filming process, from conception through postproduction, and discusses such topics as cin<'e>ma v<'e>rit<'e> techniques, handheld and tripod modes, current issues in documentary and editing theory, and authorial identity. Includes numerous line drawings, diagrams, and black-and- white photographs, as well as a list of international film schools. Appropriate for both beginners and professionals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.