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Spiral Bound

Published: 30 October 2013

256 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199300860

Bookseller Code (04)

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Documentary Filmmaking

A Contemporary Field Guide

Second Edition

John Hewitt and Gustavo Vazquez

Documentary Filmmaking: A Contemporary Field Guide, Second Edition, is a skills-oriented, step-by-step guide to creating documentary films, from the initial idea phase to distribution. Thoroughly updated to highlight the effects of technological advances and social media, this compact handbook offers something for all types of students: documentary recommendations (for the film buff); illustrations, examples, and commentary from working documentary makers, producers, editors, and distributors (for the more grounded, visual learner); the latest trends in Internet video (for the more "techie" documentarian); and practical financial tips, fundraising ideas, and legal considerations (for the more idealistic-and not always realistic-visionary).

New to this Edition:

  • A look at innovative uses of Facebook, YouTube, and file sharing sites
  • Coverage of groundbreaking new ways to fund projects, including the use of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo
  • Analysis of the prevailing effect of technical advances--DSLRs, LED light panels, smart phone video, Bluetooth microphones, and 3D--on production
  • Discussion of the role of short-form documentaries in this new interactive and social-media-fueled culture
  • Illuminating Interviews and commentary from producers and directors of recent works, including CJ Hunt, Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Barbara Grandvoinet, Ken Kobre, John Leaños, and Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

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