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Directing the Documentary,9780240806082

Directing the Documentary

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780240806082

ISBN10:
0240806085
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/30/2004
Publisher(s):
Elsevier Science & Technology
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Summary

Tens of thousands of readers have benefited from Michael Rabiger's classic text on documentary filmmaking, now updated to reflect the revolutionary switch to digital video equipment and software. You will learn how to research and focus a documentary film or video idea, develop a crew, direct the crew, maintain control during shooting, and oversee postproduction. Practical work is emphasized, with dozens of exercises and questionnaires to help focus your ideas and give you hands-on practice. The documentary is treated as an important genre in its own right, as well as a useful prelude to directing feature films. The fourth edition is a significant update. The book's emphasis has always been on concrete steps you can take to become a documentary filmmaker, and there are loads of new projects to help, along with assessment tables that allow you to gauge your progress. In addition, there is new material on location sound, the reality TV trend, top documentaries to see, and more.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition ix
PART 1: INTRODUCTION, HISTORY, AND FUTURE
The Director's Role
3(13)
A Brief and Functional History of the Documentary
16(35)
PART 2: AESTHETICS AND AUTHORSHIP
Elements of the Documentary
51(7)
Evidence and Point of View in the Documentary
58(21)
Time, Development, and Structure
79(12)
Authorship Challenges and Opportunities
91(10)
Re-enactment, Reconstruction, and Docudrama
101(5)
Documentary Theory and the Issue of Representation
106(7)
Projects: Critical Writing
113(6)
PART 3: IDENTITY AND AUTHORSHIP
Projects: Recognizing Your Artistic Identity
119(9)
Developing Your Story Ideas
128(15)
PART 4: SCREENCRAFT
Screen Grammar
143(17)
Projects: Screencraft Analysis
160(27)
Projects: Basic Production
187(20)
PART 5: PREPRODUCTION
Initial Research and the Draft Proposal
207(18)
Research Leading Up to the Shoot
225(15)
Missions and Permissions
240(16)
Developing a Crew
256(8)
The Preproduction Meeting
264(23)
Preproduction Checklist
277(10)
PART 6: PRODUCTION
Camera Equipment and Shooting Procedure
287(15)
Lighting
302(11)
Location Sound
313(11)
Avoiding Problems
324(5)
Interviewing
329(19)
Directing Participants
348(15)
Directing the Crew
363(6)
Authorship
369(6)
Projects: Advanced Production
375(32)
Production Checklist
398(9)
PART 7: POSTPRODUCTION
Postproduction Begins
407(14)
The Paper Edit: Designing a Structure
421(7)
Editing: The First Assembly
428(6)
Editing: The Process of Refinement
434(9)
Narration
443(12)
Editing: The End Game
455(7)
Using Music and Working with a Composer
462(8)
Editing: From Fine Cut to Sound Mix
470(12)
Titles and Acknowledgments
482(5)
Projects: Postproduction
487(12)
Postproduction Checklist
490(9)
PART 8: CAREER TRACK
Education
499(29)
Getting Work
528(11)
PART 9: OTHER INFORMATION
Appendix 1: Projects: Outcomes Assessment Criteria 539(24)
Appendix 2: Useful Forms 563(16)
Filmography of Director Michael Rabiger 579(2)
Glossary 581(16)
Film Sources 597(2)
Bibliography 599(6)
Periodicals 605(2)
Useful Websites 607(2)
Index 609


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