Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos

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Writing, Directing,
and Producing
Documentary Films
and Videos

Third Edition

Alan Rosenthal

Southern Illinois University Press
Carbondale and Edwardsville

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Preface to the Third Edition ix
  • Preface to the Revised Edition xi
  • Preamble - Preface to the First Edition xv
  • Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos *
  • 1 - Introduction 1
  • Part One - From Idea to First Draft 7
  • 2 - Clearing the Decks 9
  • 3 - Getting to Work 19
  • 4 - Writing the Proposal 33
  • 5 - Research 50
  • 6 - Shaping the Film 59
  • 7 - Beginning the First Draft 82
  • 8 - Completing the First Draft 96
  • Part Two - Preproduction 127
  • 9 - Budget and Contract 129
  • 10 - Preproduction Survey 144
  • Part Three - Production 161
  • 11 - The Director Prepares 163
  • 12 - Directing the Interview 175
  • 13 - On Location 188
  • Part Four - Postproduction 197
  • 14 - Editing 199
  • 15 - Writing the Final Narration 219
  • 16 - Finishing the Film 254
  • Part Five - Special Cases 263
  • 17 - Cinema Verite 265
  • 18 - Documentary Drama 276
  • 19 - The History Documentary 297
  • 20 - Family Films 307
  • 21 - Industrial and Public Relations Films 329
  • 22 - Staying Alive 342
  • Conclusion - Problems and Challenges 361
  • 23 - Conclusion: Problems and Challenges 363
  • Appendix Selected Bibliography Index 373
  • Appendix - Budget for a One-Hour Video Documentary, Peace Process 375
  • Selected Bibliography 381
  • Index 383
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