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.
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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.
"The USC documentary faculty has required this excellent book in all our documentary courses since its 1st edition. Rabiger has added to his in-depth analysis of the creative and practical implications of documentary production in this latest edition, with new sections on grant writing, technology, and case studies. The book is essential for students and it’s also one that every professional documentary filmmaker can constantly refer to and be inspired by."
- Doe Mayer, Professor, Mary Pickford Chair of Film and Television Production, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
"This book is a time-proof classic, a one-of-a kind roadmap to reaching excellence in documentary making that reads like good, inspiring literature. I have collected and read all of its editions avidly, and can already see that this new edition will serve as an invaluable companion for any documentary filmmaker."
- Juan Francisco Urrusti, Professor, Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (Mexico); Documentary Filmmaker, A Long Journey to Guadalupe
"Rabiger's 'two-stage' approach to documentary filmmaking takes the reader on a comprehensive journey from concept development to finished documentary and distribution! His sixth edition of Directing the Documentary is a must-have in any serious documentary filmmaker's library."
- Gene F., Digital Filmmaking Instructor, The Art Institute of CA - Silicon Valley
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