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Making Documentary Films and Videos

Author : Barry Hampe
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An updated edition of the classic filmmaker's handbook discusses each step in creating documentaries from conception to final film, and offers advice on capturing human behavior and recreating past events, with new advice on how to get started in the field, an expanded section on researching and developing a project, and updated resources. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos

Author : Barry Hampe
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Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary--recording behavior and re-creating past events—and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.

Cross Cultural Filmmaking

Author : Ilisa Barbash
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The authors of this text cover the practical, technical and theoretical aspects of documentary filming, from fundraising to exhibition. It discusses filmmaking styles and the assumptions that may hide unacknowledged behind them, as well as the practical and ethical issues involved.

Create Documentary Films Videos and Multimedia

Author : James R. Martin
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How to make Documentary Films and Videos in all areas of production including, Filmmaker, Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer, Audio and other crafts using digital technology or traditional film. An in-depth guide to documentary pre-production, production and post-production. Covers documentary filmmaking and visual nonfiction storytelling based on the authors actual documentary production experience and his teaching film production, documentary film and video production for forty years.

Writing Directing and Producing Documentary Films and Digital Videos

Author : Alan Rosenthal
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In a new edition of this popular guidebook, filmmakers Alan Rosenthal and Ned Eckhardt show readers how to utilize the latest innovations in equipment, technologies, and production techniques for success in the digital, web-based world of documentary film. All twenty-four chapters of the volume have been revised to reflect the latest advances in documentary filmmaking. Rosenthal and Eckhardt discuss the myriad ways in which technological changes have impacted the creation process of documentary films, including how these evolving technologies both complicate and enrich filmmaking today. The book provides crucial insights for the filmmaker from the film’s conception to distribution of the finished film. Topics include creating dynamic proposals, writing narration, and navigating the murky world of contracts. Also included are many practical tips for first-time filmmakers. To provide context and to illustrate techniques, Rosenthal and Eckhardt reference more than one hundred documentaries in detail. A new appendix, “Using the Web and Social Media to Prepare for Your Career,” guides filmmakers through the process of leveraging social media and crowdsourcing for success in filmmaking, fund-raising, and promotion. A day-to-day field manual packed with invaluable lessons, this volume is essential reading for both novice and experienced documentary filmmakers.

Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies

Author : Nick Willoughby
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The easy way for kids to get started with filmmaking If you've been bitten by the filmmaking bug—even if you don't have a background in video or access to fancy equipment—Digital Filmmaking For Kids makes it easy to get up and running with digital filmmaking! This fun and friendly guide walks you through a ton of cool projects that introduce you to all stages of filmmaking. Packed with full-color photos, easy-to-follow instruction, and simple examples, it shows you how to write a script, create a storyboard, pick a set, light a scene, master top-quality sound, frame and shoot, edit, add special effects, and share your finished product with friends or a global audience. Anyone can take a selfie or upload a silly video to YouTube—but it takes practice and skill to shoot professional-looking frames and make your own short film. Written by a film and video professional who has taught hundreds of students, this kid-accessible guide provides you with hands-on projects that make it fun to learn all aspects of video production, from planning to scripting to filming to editing. Plus, it includes access to videos that highlight and demonstrate skills covered in the book, making learning even easier and less intimidating to grasp. Create a film using the tools at hand Plan, script, light and shoot your video Edit and share your film Plan a video project from start to finish If you're a student aged 7–16 with an interest in creating and sharing your self-made video, this friendly guide lights the way for your start in digital filmmaking.

Documenting Syria

Author : Josepha Ivanka Wessels
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Syria is now one of the most important countries in the world for the documentary film industry. Since the 1970s, Syrian cinema masters played a defining role in avant-garde filmmaking and political dissent against authoritarianism. After the outbreak of violence in 2011, an estimated 500,000 video clips were uploaded making it one of the first YouTubed revolutions in history. This book is the first history of documentary filmmaking in Syria. Based on extensive media ethnography and in-depth interviews with Syrian filmmakers in exile, the book offers an archival analysis of the documentary work by masters of Syrian cinema, such as Nabil Maleh, Ossama Mohammed, Mohammed Malas, Hala Al Abdallah, Hanna Ward, Ali Atassi and Omar Amiralay. Joshka Wessels traces how the works of these filmmakers became iconic for a new generation of filmmakers at the beginning of the 21st century and maps the radical change in the documentary landscape after the revolution of 2011. Special attention is paid to the late Syrian filmmaker and pro-democracy activist, Bassel Shehadeh, and the video-resistance from Aleppo and Raqqa against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State. An essential resource for scholars of Syrian Studies, this book will also be highly relevant to the fields of media & conflict research, anthropology and political science.

Documentary Storytelling

Author : Sheila Curran Bernard
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Documentary Storytelling is unique in offering an in-depth look at story and structure as applied not to Hollywood fiction, but to films and videos based on factual material and the drama of real life. With the growing popularity of documentaries in today's global media marketplace, demand for powerful and memorable storytelling has never been greater. This practical guide offers advice for every stage of production, from research and proposal writing to shooting and editing, and applies it to diverse subjects and film styles, from vérité and personal narrative to archival histories and more. Filled with real-world examples drawn from the author's career and the experiences of some of today's top documentarians, Documentary Storytelling includes special interview chapters with Ric Burns, Jon Else, Nick Fraser, Susan Froemke, Sam Pollard, Onyekachi Wambu and other film professionals. This second edition has been brought up to date with a more international focus, a look at lower-budget independent filmmaking, and consideration of newer films including Super Size Me, Murderball, So Much So Fast, and When the Levees Broke.

Listen Learn Share How Why Listening Learning and Sharing Can Transform Your Life Experience in Practical Ways

Author : James R. Martin
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Listen Learn Share goes beyond personal experience to look at listening, learning and sharing from many different standpoints including science, psychology and philosophy. It shows how practicing mindful listening, learning and sharing can improve your life in many ways beyond the simple definitions for each word of the book title. This story draws from the authors forty-six years of teaching, making documentaries, and writing. The book explains how the notion of listening, learning and sharing works, its roots in mindfulness and how the reader can use these methods to benefit their own lives and the lives of others in very practical and mutually beneficial ways. Have you ever asked yourself questions like: "Why does this always happen to me?" I'm successful but why am I not happy? Why is life so stressful? Why do certain things make me so angry? What causes rage? What is blocking my progress? This book will help you to answer these frustrating questions and others, as it takes you on a step-by-step journey exploring ideas about how the human mind works and how listening, learning and sharing can resolve these issues. Listen Learn Share is a story inspired by a question. "If you had to choose just one of the things you do, would you choose teaching, making documentaries, or writing?" His answer to the question surprised the author. He realized they were all the same experience so there was no need to choose. His life was listening, learning and sharing. It did not matter what form it took, it was all the same practice. How did this happen? Was listening the key to learning? What role did sharing play? He found that listening is a state of mind rather than a tool by itself. He discovered that listening is more than what is heard via sound waves entering the ears.

The Insiders Guide to Factual Filmmaking

Author : Tony Stark
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The Insiders' Guide to Factual Filmmaking is an accessible and comprehensive 'how to' guide about the craft of making documentaries for TV, online or social media. Filmmaker 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, filmmakers, strand editors and media lawyers - add valuable insight and authority to this book. For more experienced filmmakers 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 filmmaking 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.

Understanding Molecular Simulation

Author : Daan Frenkel
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This book explains the physics behind the "recipes" of molecular simulation for materials science. Computer simulators are continuously confronted with questions concerning the choice of a particular technique for a given application. Since a wide variety of computational tools exists, the choice of technique requires a good understanding of the basic principles. More importantly, such understanding may greatly improve the efficiency of a simulation program. The implementation of simulation methods is illustrated in pseudocodes and their practical use in the case studies used in the text. Examples are included that highlight current applications, and the codes of the case studies are available on the World Wide Web. No prior knowledge of computer simulation is assumed.

Cross Cultural Filmmaking

Author : Ilisa Barbash
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This extraordinary handbook was inspired by the distinctive concerns of anthropologists and others who film people in the field. The authors cover the practical, technical, and theoretical aspects of filming, from fundraising to exhibition, in lucid and complete detail—information never before assembled in one place. The first section discusses filmmaking styles and the assumptions that frequently hide unacknowledged behind them, as well as the practical and ethical issues involved in moving from fieldwork to filmmaking. The second section concisely and clearly explains the technical aspects, including how to select and use equipment, how to shoot film and video, and the reasons for choosing one or the other, and how to record sound. Finally, the third section outlines the entire process of filmmaking: preproduction, production, postproduction, and distribution. Filled with useful illustrations and covering documentary and ethnographic filmmaking of all kinds, Cross-Cultural Filmmaking will be as essential to the anthropologist or independent documentarian on location as to the student in the classroom.

Directing the Documentary

Author : Michael Rabiger
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"Directing the Documentary is the definitive book on the documentary form, that will allow you to master the craft of documentary filmmaking. Focusing on the hands-on work needed to make your concept a reality. It covers the documentary filmmaking process from top to bottom, providing in-depth lessons on every aspect of preproduction, production, and postproduction. The book includes dozens of projects, practical exercises, and thought-provoking questions, and offers best practices for researching and honing your documentary idea, developing a crew, guiding your team, and much more. This fully revised and updated 7th edition also includes brand new content on the rise of the documentary series, the impact of video on demand and content aggregators, updated information on prosumer and professional video (including 4K+), coverage of new audio & lighting solutions and trends in post-production, coverage of the immersive documentary, and provides practical sets of solutions for low, medium, and high budget documentary film productions throughout. The companion website has also been fully updated to include interviews with current documentary filmmakers, additional project ideas, and student film examples. By combining expert advice on the storytelling process, the technical aspects of filmmaking and commentary on the philosophical underpinnings of the art, this book provides the practical and holistic understanding you need to become a highly-regarded, original, and ethical contributor to the genre. Ideal for both aspiring and established documentary filmmakers, this book has it all"--

DSLR Cinema

Author : Kurt Lancaster
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The DSLR cinema revolution began over ten years ago. Professional filmmakers, students, video journalists, event video shooters, production houses, and others jumped at the opportunity to shoot cinematic images on these low budget cameras. The first edition of the book mapped the way focusing exclusively on DSLRs. This new edition shows how you can create stunning cinematic images using low budget cinema cameras, from iPhones to the C200. The author examines new cameras and new projects as filmmakers shoot action movies with the Panasonic GH5, craft personal stories with Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera, make documentaries and short films with the Canon C100 Mark II, and create music videos with the 5D Mark IV. This book, like the previous edition, takes the wisdom of some of the best shooters and empowers you to create visually stunning images with low budget cinema cameras. It includes six all new case studies, as well as updated examples from short films and documentaries. This book contains the essential tools to make you a better visual storyteller. FEATURES An examination of the creative and technical choices filmmakers face—everything from why we move cameras to shooting flat in order to widen the dynamic range of cameras Case studies from documentary filmmakers, news shooters, fiction makers, a visual anthropologist, and recent film school graduates An updated list of gear for low-budget filmmakers, including a section on what to look for in the gear you need to shoot and edit your projects

Advanced Film and Video Production

Author : William Mims
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Advanced Film and Video Production is a practical approach to the art of filmmaking from beginning to final release print or video master. The text begins with simple productions designed to teach you the basics while establishing professional production standards and moving on to more complicated projects. From writing your first script to final edited master, the topics include camera techniques, working with actors, professional lighting, recording and mixing sound, editing, professional directing, blocking a scene with actors and crew, conducting yourself in a professional film environment. Areas discussed include Producing commercials in a local market, making a music video, documentaries, professional script writing of dramatic stories, handling clients, promotional videos, advanced editing techniques including cutting on the beat and the rhythm of editing. The 300 page textbook of 30 chapters is suited for both senior high school and college level curriculum, with a teacher's or college instructor's study guide available upon request. Each chapter ends with class assignments designed to give each student a hands on experience. This textbook is now available for anyone to purchase so that if you do not have the benefit of attending a college or high school course, you now can follow this text to teach yourself the art of filmmaking. Because the author worked on countless 'Hollywood' productions with some of the biggest names in the business, it is stressed throughout the next the importance of conducing one's self as a professional so that when you work on a 'real' Hollywood movie you will be ready to do your job and be considered a peer.

The Art of the Documentary

Author : Megan Cunningham
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Documentary filmmaking is a powerful and vital element to our society, and those who are responsible for bringing real stories and issues to a creative medium often have an uncanny ability to make a deep connection to us with their art. Legendary directors and cinematographers such as the Maysles brothers, D.A. Pennabaker & Chris Hegedus, Errol Morris, or Ken Burns have vividly made their marks in recent decades and continue to inspire those who enter the field. Inexpensive video camera equipment and video editing software have helped fuel a new wave of truth-tellers, bringing the tools of the craft within reach of amateurs and students, as well as independent journalists and filmmakers on a budget. In The Art of the Documentary, the directors, editors, cinematographers, and producers behind today's most thought-provoking nonfiction films reveal the thought processes, methods, and collaborations that have guided their efforts- from project conception to developing, producing, shooting, editing, and releasing some of the finest documentary films of recent decades. This richly illustrated volume, which will appeal to professional and aspiring filmmakers, as well as documentary enthusiasts, features conversations with directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers, including Ken Burns (The Civil War, Jazz, Baseball), director/cinematographer D A Pennebaker (Dont Look Back, The War Room), director/cinematographer Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), director Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line), director Chris Hegedus (Startup.com, Down from the Mountain), editor Larry Silk (Pumping Iron, Wild Man Blues), cinematographer Buddy Squires (The Civil War, Ram Dass, Fierce Grace), director/producer Lauren Lazin (Tupac: Resurrection, Journey of Dr. Dre), editor/director Paula Heredia (The Vagina Monologues, In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01), director/cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Fahrenheit 9/11, Innocent Until Proven Guilty), editor Geof Bartz (Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, He's Having a Baby), Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentaries and HBO Family, Alison Bourke, executive producer for IFC, Cara Mertes, executive producer at PBS for the POV series, Frazer Pennebaker, producer. And with contributions by: Carol Dysinger, film editor and professor, NYU Film School, and Haskell Wexler, cinematographer. A Note About the Second Edition: In this edition of the book, we have included the original full interviews of the producers that did not appear in the first edition. Those producers include Sheila Nevins, Lauren Lazin, Alison Palmer Bourke, Cara Mertes, and Frazer Pennebaker. The interviews of the directors, cinematographers and editors have been left in tact and are included as they appeared in the first edition. The filmographies of each interviewee have been updated to include recent works.

The Smartphone Filmmaking Handbook

Author : Neil Philip Sheppard
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The Smartphone Filmmaking HandbookRevealing the secrets of Smartphone movie makingThe Smartphone movie making revolution is here! With the right knowledge and minimal equipment everyone now has the power to make great films with their Smartphone. If you are an aspiring filmmaker, vlogger, journalist, educator, charity worker, student, business professional or individual with a passion to make films with your Smartphone, you will find the information in this book an invaluable resource. You too could be making great movies with the Smartphone you already own and producing award-winning films for minimal cost. Includes 30 chapters with expert knowledge on: The best equipment for your budgetWhich camera and editing apps to chooseLighting, sound and camera techniquesTechnical advice on Smartphone movie makingGuides to all the best video camera and editing appsReviews on the best Smartphone movie making equipmentDigital video concepts The key differences between iPhone, Android and Windows Smartphones for movie making Detailed knowledge on composition, lighting, sound recording, video editing, going live and posting video to the webHow to transfer Smartphone video to a computer Filming for broadcast television and cinema The best social media platforms for videoBudget Smartphone filmmaking kits

Documentary Film Producers Bundle

Author : Anthony Q. Artis
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So you want to make a documentary, but think you don't have a lot of time, money, or experience? Get everything you need to start with this essential Documentary Film Producer's bundle! The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide cuts right to the chase and reveals the secrets of making a documentary better, faster, and cheaper. Get started NOW with this book and DVD set, a one-stop shop written by a guerrilla filmmaker, for guerrilla filmmakers. Documentary Storytelling offers a unique in-depth look at story and structure as applied to films and videos based on factual material and the drama of real life. This practical guide offers advice for every stage of production, from research and proposal writing to shooting and editing. Save time - don't shop around for different books Get experience - combine in-depth theory and structure with straight to the point practical guidance Save money - bundled together for the first time, this is the best value information you will find!

Digital Filmmaking for Beginners A Practical Guide to Video Production

Author : Michael Hughes
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Discover how to create professional-quality digital videos--faster than you can say "lights, camera, action" Digital video cameras are everywhere--even on our phones! But cameras don't make great movies; filmmakers do. Written by a seasoned pro with 40 years of teaching experience, Digital Filmmaking for Beginners is your fully illustrated introduction to all technical aspects of digital filmmaking. Featuring clear, concise instruction--accompanied by online video demonstrations--this comprehensive guide covers the best methods and techniques to plan and script projects; set up lighting, microphones, and cameras; and shoot, edit, and apply postproduction effects and other finishing touches. Whether you're an amateur film buff or an aspiring professional videographer, this is the source for everything you need to bring your ideas from the page to the screen. Coverage includes: Best practices to ensure smooth operations in all project phases, from planning to post production Recommendations on selecting and purchasing cameras, filming gear, and the best editing and effects software to fit your budget and needs Advice on planning, shooting, editing, and other technical elements Fully illustrated tutorials on composition, framing, and other visual storytelling techniques Exclusive bonus online content, including finished video demonstrations of key filmmaking techniques and informative articles

Writing Directing and Producing Documentary Films and Videos Fourth Edition

Author : Alan Rosenthal
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As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers, Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos is “a book about storytelling—how to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes.” In response to technological advances and the growth of the documentary hybrid in the past five years, Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Simply and clearly, he explains how to tackle day-to-day problems, from initial concept through distribution. He demonstrates his ideas throughout the book with examples from key filmmakers’ work. New aspects of this fourth edition include a vital new chapter titled "Making Your First Film," and a considerable enlargement of the section for producers, "Staying Alive," which includes an extensive discussion of financing, marketing, festivals, and distribution. This new edition offers a revised chapter on nonlinear editing, more examples of precise and exacting proposals, and the addition of a complex budget example with explanation of the budgeting process. Discussion of documentary hybrids, with suggestions for mastering changes and challenges, has also been expanded, while the “Family Films” chapter includes updated information that addresses rapid expansion in this genre.