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Directing the Documentary

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Tens of thousands of readers have benefited from Michael Rabiger's classic text on documentary filmmaking, now updated to reflect the revolutionary switch to digital video equipment and software. You will learn how to research and focus a documentary film or video idea, develop a crew, direct the crew, maintain control during shooting, and oversee postproduction. Practical work is emphasized, with dozens of exercises and questionnaires to help focus your ideas and give you hands-on practice. The documentary is treated as an important genre in its own right, as well as a useful prelude to directing feature films.

The fourth edition is a significant update. The book's emphasis has always been on concrete steps you can take to become a documentary filmmaker, and there are loads of new projects to help, along with assessment tables that allow you to gauge your progress. In addition, there is new material on location sound, the reality TV trend, top documentaries to see, and more.

*The definitive guide to making a documentary

*A hands-on approach with dozens of exercises

*A fully updated 4th edition of the classic textbook

About the Author

Michael Rabiger worked in the cutting rooms at Pinewood and Shepperton studios in England, as an editor and BBC director in documentaries, then as a production and aesthetics educator in the USA for many years. He has been department chair of the Film/Video Department at Columbia College Chicago during a period of great expansion, and before that founder of Columbia's Michael Rabiger Center for the Documentary. He has directed or edited more than 35 films, given workshops in many countries, and led a multinational European documentary workshop for CILECT, the international association of film schools. As Visiting Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he taught idea development, directing, and advanced production. He is presently writing the libretto for an opera, and recently won the International Documentary Association's Scholarship and Preservation award.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction, History and Future

Part 2: Pre-Production

Part 3: Projects: Learning to See With A Moviemaker's Eye

Part 4 Technical Basics Before Shooting

Part 5: Projects: Learning Basic Shooting Techniques

Part 6: Production

Part 7: Projects: Developing Skills as a Director

Part 8: Postproduction

Part 9: Projects: Developing Skills as an Editor

Part 10: Aesthetics and Authorship

Part 11: Career Track

Part 12: Appendices, Glossary, and Annotated Bibliography


Product Details

Focal Press
Rabiger, Michael
Film - Direction & Production
Television - Direction & Production
Documentary films
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Edition Number:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 8
Publication Date:
10 x 7 in

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