Directing the Documentary

Directing the Documentary

by Michael Rabiger

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Overview

Directing the Documentary, Sixth Edition is the definitive book on the form, offering time-tested principles to help you master the craft. Ideal for documentary courses as well as aspiring and established documentary filmmakers, this book has it all, with in-depth lessons and insider perspectives on every aspect of preproduction, production, and postproduction. Focusing on the hands-on work needed to make your concept a reality, this new edition covers it all, from the fundamental to advanced elements of directing and more. It includes dozens of projects, practical exercises, and thought-provoking questions, and provides best practices for researching and honing your documentary idea, developing a crew, guiding your team, maintaining control throughout the shoot, and much more.

This new 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 (www.directingthedocumentary.com) that includes handy production checklists and forms, updated projects, exercises, and video examples

In Directing the Documentary, Sixth Edition Michael Rabiger combines expert advice on the storytelling process and technical aspects of documentary filmmaking with sound commentary on the philosophical underpinnings of the art, providing the practical and holistic understanding you need to become a highly-regarded, original, and ethical contributor to the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317963882
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 1,074,004
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Michael Rabiger began in the cutting rooms of England’s Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, became an editor and BBC director of documentaries, and then specialized for many years in the US as a production and aesthetics educator. At Columbia College Chicago he was co-founder then chair of the Film/Video Department, and founded the Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary. He has directed or edited more than 35 films, given workshops in many countries, and led a multinational European workshop for CILECT. Additionally, he won the International Documentary Association's Scholarship and Preservation Award, served as a Fulbright Specialist in South Africa, and is an honorary professor at the University of Buenos Aires.

Table of Contents

The Director's Role; Defining Your Artistic Identity; Developing Your Story Ideas; Proposing and Pitching a Short Documentary; Documentary Language; Elements and Grammar; Research; Developing a Crew; Camera Equipment; Lighting; Location Sound; Directing; Editing: From Start to Viewing the First Assembly; Editing: The Process of Refinement; Editing: From Fin Cut to Sound Mix; Titles and Acknowledgements; Point of View and the Storyteller; Dramatic Development, Time, and Story Structure; Form, Control, and Style; Reenactment, Reconstuction, and Docudrama; Advanced Research; Values, Ethics and Choices; Proposing an Advanced Documentary; Preparing to Direct; Optics; Advanced Cameras and Equipment; Advanced Location Sound; Organization, Crew, and Procedures; Advanced Directing; Conducting and Shooting Interviews; Transcript to Film Script; Creating Narration; Using Music and Working with a Composer; Editing: Refinements and Structural Problems; Education; From School to Film Industry; NEW CHAPTER; NEW CHAPTER

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"While there are many books about the technical basics of documentary film production, none of them integrate so thoroughly the artistic intention at the heart of great direction with the means of realization in pre-production, the field and the editing room...Great directing is equally a matter of heart and soul as much as technical knowledge. This idea is prevalent throughout Rabiger's book." - Ray Zone, International Documentary Magazine

"What makes this book so valuable is that the author consistently searches for the philosophical underpinnings of his art and never gets lost in the technical processes of filmmaking." - Jonathan Luskin, Flying Moose Pictures, San Francisco

"The book's greatest strength is the emphasis on documentary filmmaking as a creative, storytelling process....It supplies more in the way of an ethical foundation for the young filmmaker than any other title on the market." - Phil Hopper, Director, Theatre and Media Arts Program, Marymount College of Fordham University

"Intelligent and artfully written, Directing the Documentary should enjoy a place of prominence in the library of every documentary videomaker." - Videomaker magazine

"...what really makes this book so valuable is that the author is just so inspiring. Rabiger writes with such enthusiasm that even the most nervous would-be documentary maker is encouraged. But this is not the extent of his audience as this text is also highly relevant and impassioning to the seasoned pro...This text is inspirational, accessible, filled with useful filmic references and snippets of advice...This updated 4th edition really is a must for anyone with an interest in documentary filmmaking." - POV2 Journal

"Skim and scan this one? Nope! Read it cover to cover? Absolutely! Not since I read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has a book been the cause of forcing me to rethink things as much as this one. For those either making documentaries or thinking about it, this is the book to get." - Steve Douglas, underwater videographer and writer for kenstone.net

"I read Michael Rabiger's Directing the Documentary which contains a list of not-to-miss American documentaries and Thin Blue Line is among them, as well as other films that depict wrongful incarcerations, such as Murder on a Sunday Morning."—PBS.com's blog "Doc Soup"

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