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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 hardback 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.
Hardback 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: Observiing
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: PostProduction 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 PostProduction 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
Table of Contents
Focal Press Hardback: Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition Review