Directing the Documentary

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2/13/2009
  • Publisher: Focal Press
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Filled with practical advice for documentarians on every stage of production, this text covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. This book also offers practical tools and exercises to help documentary directors develop credible and compelling stories.

Table of Contents

You and Your Ideas
The Director's Role
Recognizing Your Artistic Identity
Developing Your Story Ideas
Proposing and Pitching a Short Documentary
Documentaries and Film Language
Documentary Language
Elements and Grammar
Developing a Crew
Camera Equipment
Location Sound
Editing: From Start to Viewing the First Assembly
Editing: The Process of Refinement
Editing: From Fine Cut To Sound Mix
Titles and Acknowledgments
Advanced Issues
Documentary Aesthetics
Point of View
Time, Development, And Structure
Form, Control, and Style
Reenactment, Reconstruction, and Docudrama
Advanced Production Issues 7a Preproduction
Advanced Research
Values, Ethics, And Choices
The Advanced Documentary Proposal
Preparing To Direct 7b Production
Cameras and Camera Equipment
Location Sound
Organization, Crew, and Procedures
Advanced Directing
Conducting and Shooting Interviews 7c Postproduction
From Transcript To Film Script
Creating Narration
Using Music and Working with a Composer
Editing: Refinements and Structural Problems
Education and Starting Your Career
From Film School To Film Industry
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