350 pages | 207 B/W Illus.
The Insiders’ Guide to Factual Film-Making is an accessible and comprehensive ‘how to’ guide about the craft of making documentaries for TV, online or social media. Film-maker Tony Stark distils a long career at the BBC and as an independent producer to explain the conceptual, visual, editorial and organisational skills needed to make impactful and stylish factual films.
Interviews with top industry professionals in the UK and US - commissioners, executive producers, film-makers, strand editors and media lawyers – add valuable insight and authority to this book. For more experienced film-makers The Insiders’ Guide tells you how to get the green light for undercover investigations, how to tell film stories online and on social media, and how to budget a factual film.
This is a key text for anyone who wants to succeed in the rapidly changing, competitive freelance markets in Britain and America. It provides expert guidance to students on film-making courses, journalists wanting to move from print to video and non-professionals with an interest in film-making. Whatever the final destination of your film – and whatever the budget - The Insiders’ Guide provides a vital roadmap.
The book’s accompanying website is a ‘show-me’ resource for new directors: with 24 specially-shot film clips illustrating the key rules of filmic grammar and sequence shooting – together with downloadable versions of essential production forms.
Table of contents
PART 1: SURVIVAL SKILLS
A Survival Guide for Newcomers to the Industry
PART 2: CREATIVE SKILLS
Persuading a Commissioner Read your Proposal from Beginning to End
Filming Images, Directing Sequences and Working with Reporters
Choosing Contributors, Conducting Interviews and Making your Characters Look and Sound Good on Camera.
Constructing and Illustrating a Linear Narrative
Editing A Factual Film
Factual Film-Making For Online Platforms
PART 3: PLANNING SKILLS
Keeping Crew and Contributors Safe on Research and Film Trips
How to Organise Yourself Before, During and After a Film Shoot
PART 4: UNDERCOVER SKILLS
Evidence, Ethics, Safety and the Law in Undercover Film-Making
PART 5: FINANCIAL SKILLS
Budgeting a Factual Film