Focal Press Paperback: Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition

Focal Press Paperback: Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition

Focal Press Paperback: Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition

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  • Author: Michael Rabiger
  • Paperback: 536 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Published: August 2014
  • Covers Preproduction to Post Production
  • Storytelling Process
  • Technical Aspects of Directing
  • Grant Writing & Fundraising
  • Real World Exercises & Case Studies
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Directing the Documentary, the 6th edition, from Focal Press offers time-tested principles to help you master the craft of directing documentaries. Ideal for documentary courses as well as aspiring and established filmmakers, author Michael Rabiger provides in-depth lessons and insider perspectives on every aspect of pre-production, production, and post-production. This paperback book focuses on the hands-on work needed to make your concept a reality, from the fundamentals to advanced elements of directing and more.

Featured within the book are dozens of projects, practical exercises, and thought-provoking questions. It provides best practices for researching and honing your documentary idea, developing a crew, guiding your team, maintaining control throughout the shoot, and much more. 

Paperback version includes a companion website with handy production checklists and forms, updated projects, exercises, and video examples.
The 6th Edition Features:
  • A two-stage cinematic learning process: camera observation skills, then advanced storytelling
  • Dozens of real-world exercises and case studies to demystify production processes and enhance your skills
  • Easy-to-comprehend guidance in the creative, technical, and artistic aspects of directing
  • Fresh coverage of the latest filmmaking technology
  • Expanded sections on grant writing and fundraising, emphasizing proposal and pitching skills
  • A self-assessment of your interviewing skills and expanded coverage of narration-writing
  • A companion website with production checklists and forms, updated projects, exercises, and video examples
Table of Contents
Preface to the Sixth Edition
Contents of Companion Website
Book 1:  Observing
Part 1: You and Your Ideas
   1. You and Film Authorship
   2. The Nature of Documentary
Part 2: Documentaries and Film Language
   3. Documentary History
   4. Constructing Reality
   5. Story Elements and Film Grammar
Part 3: Preproduction
   6. Developing Story Ideas
   7. Research
   8. Developing and Pitching a Short Documentary
   9. The Crew
Part 4: Production
 10. Capturing Sound
 11. Lighting
 12. Camera
 13. Directing
Part 5: Post Production
 14. Creating the First Assembly
 15. Editing for Refinement
 16. Editing from Fine Cut to Festival
Part 6: Documentary Aesthetics
 17. Point of View and Storytelling
 18. Dramatic Development, Time, and Story Structure
 19. Form, Control and Style
 20. Re-enactment, Reconstruction, and Docudrama
 21. Values, Ethics and Choices

Part 7: Advanced Production Issues
Part 7A: Advanced Preproduction
 22. Advanced Research
 23. Advanced Story Development and Proposal
 24. Advanced Technology and Budgeting
 25. Preparations Before Directing

Part 7B: Advanced Production
 26. Optics
 27. Advanced Cameras and Equipment
 28. Advanced Location Sound
 29. Organization, Crew and Procedures for the Larger Production
 30. Advanced Directing
 31. Conducting and Shooting Interviews

Part 7C: Advanced Post Production
 32. From Transcript to Assembly
 33. Creating Narration
 34. Using Music and Working with a Composer
 35. Editing Refinements and Structural Solutions

Part 8: Work
 36. Developing a Career
 37. Starting up on Your Own


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Author Michael Rabiger
Edition 6th
Format Paperback
Pages 536
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published August 2014
ISBN Number 9780415719308
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 7.2 x 1.3"

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