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The definitive guide to making documentary film.

Documentary Filmmaking is well written, pragmatic, down to earth, and at the same time inspiring. It is written to teach, inform, train, and help students succeed in making their own documentaries. It is the best book in the field today.”
          —Ramon Soto-Crespo, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

“This book is an ideal text for an introductory documentary production class. It will work for a student who will only make one documentary and for someone who is embarking on a career in documentary filmmaking.”
          —Ben Levin, University of North Texas

“This is a very thorough and clear explanation of documentary filmmaking from initial conception to finished product. I highly recommend it.”
          —Sally Rubin, Chapman University

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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