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Documentary Filmmaking: A Contemporary Field Guide, Second Edition, is a skills-oriented, step-by-step guide to creating documentary films, from the initial idea phase to distribution. Thoroughly updated to highlight the effects of technological advances and social media, this compact handbook offers something for all types of students: documentary recommendations (for the film buff); illustrations, examples, and commentary from working documentary makers, producers, editors, and distributors (for the more grounded, visual learner); the latest trends in Internet video (for the more "techie" documentarian); and practical financial tips, fundraising ideas, and legal considerations (for the more idealistic-and not always realistic-visionary).
John Hewitt is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. His 2012 documentary on photojournalists, Deadline Every Second, appeared on public broadcast systems in Australia, Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Gustavo Vazquez is a Professor in the Department of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest documentaries on popular culture, Que Viva la Lucha and Playing with Fire, have screened in film festivals in the United States and internationally.