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9780809324484

Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos

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    9780809324484

  • ISBN10:

    0809324482

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-08-01
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
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Summary

As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers,Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videosis "a book about storytelling--how to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes." In response to the technological advances of the last six years and the demands of cable TV stations like Discovery and A&E, Alan Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Foregoing theory and hardware, Rosenthal tackles the day-to-day problems from initial concept through distribution, emphasizing the research and writing approach. He offers examples of interviewing, narration writing, and the complexities of editing. Simply and clearly, Rosenthal explains how to write, direct, and produce the documentary, whether film or video. New aspects of this third edition include nonlinear editing techniques, a complex budget example and its analysis, plus a chapter on "Staying Alive," which details how European and U.S. stations approach documentary and how the Internet can help filmmakers find new markets. A new chapter has been added to address the growing genre of family films.

Author Biography

Alan Rosenthal was born in England, studied law at Oxford, and has made over sixty films for television. His books include New Challenges for Documentary, Why Docudrama? Fact-Fiction on Film and TV, and Jerusalem: Take One! Memoirs of a Jewish Filmmaker. He received a Peabody Award for Journalism and the International Documentary Association’s award for scholarship. Currently he divides his time among projects in Jerusalem, London, and New York. His most recent film is Adolf Eichmann: The Secret Memoirs.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition ix
Preface to the Revised Edition xi
Preamble: Preface to the First Edition xv
Introduction
1(8)
Part One. From Idea to First Draft
Clearing the Decks
9(10)
Getting to Work
19(14)
Writing the Proposal
33(17)
Research
50(9)
Shaping the Film
59(23)
Beginning the First Draft
82(14)
Completing the First Draft
96(33)
Part Two. Preproduction
Budget and Contract
129(15)
Preproduction Survey
144(19)
Part Three. Production
The Director Prepares
163(12)
Directing the Interview
175(13)
On Location
188(11)
Part Four. Postproduction
Editing
199(20)
Writing the Final Narration
219(35)
Finishing the Film
254(11)
Part Five. Special Cases
Cinema Verite
265(11)
Documentary Drama
276(21)
The History Documentary
297(10)
Family Films
307(22)
Industrial and Public Relations Films
329(13)
Staying Alive
342(21)
Conclusion
Problems and Challenges
363(12)
Appendix: Budget for a One-Hour Documentary, Peace Process 375(6)
Selected Bibliography 381(2)
Index 383

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