Sheila Curran Bernard
Now in its third edition, this detailed guide reveals how today's top filmmakers bring the tools of drama to the world of nonfiction filmmaking, without sacrificing the rigor and truthfulness that gives documentaries their power. Whether your project is verite or archival history, low budget or high, this book offers practical advice for every member of the production team at every stage of production, from research through shooting and editing. Softcover, 368 pp. $32.95.
The Documentary Moviemaking Course
Kevin J. Lindenmuth
This beginner's guide shows how you can get started making documentary movies -- from researching and defining your theme, style, and the treatment that gives your film coherence, to organizing the production, and ultimately, getting it seen by a wider audience. Softcover, 144 pp. $26.50.
Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom
Wildlife and nature films are a hugely successful genre. However, running tandem to their recent popularity are troubling stories of sensationalism, extreme risk-taking, and even abuse in wildlife films. Veteran film producer and educator Chris Palmer tracks the roots of this trend to the early days of the genre, and he profiles a new breed of skilled, ethical filmmakers whose work enlightens as well as entertains, and who represent the future that Palmer envisions for the industry he loves. Softcover, 223 pp. $30.50.
Wild at Heart: The Films of Nettie Wild
Mark Harris & Claudia Medina
Nettie Wild, one of Canada's leading documentarians, came to film from a background in journalism and theatre. Since then, she has gone on to win awards and screen her films around the world. Featuring an essay and an interview, this monograph is the first book-length assessment of her body of work. Softcover, 111 pp. $15.00.
Documentary Superstars examines the evolution of the documentary film: from cinema verite to the inserted narrator, from the balanced point of view to the charismatic commentator, from the documentarian as star to popular reality television shows. Film critic and instructor Marsha McCreadie explores the controversy and innovation of the modern day documentary with detailed film descriptions and brand new commentary from some of the most influential names in the field. Softcover, 245 pp. $24.95.
Documentary Display: Re-Viewing Nonfiction Film and Video
Not all documentary films and videos are sober depictions of the real world. Documentary representations can present expressive, entertaining and spectacular images. This book examines such innovative approaches as they occur within the process of 'documentary display' - a practice which emphasises the visual attractions of documentary representation. Softcover, 187 pp. $36.95.
Documentary Storytelling for Film and Videomakers
Sheila Curran Bernard
Written for anyone working in documentary films, whether as producer, director, editior, cinematographer, researcher, or production executive, Documentary Storytelling for Film and Videomakers offers practical advice for all stages of production, including proposal writing, shooting, and editing. Softcover, 297 pp. $37.95.
The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary
Edited by Thomas W. Benson & Brian J. Snee
This collection of original critical essays by leading scholars and critics explores the most visible and volatile element in the 2004 US presidential campaign- the partisan documentary film. Analysis of various films includes: Farenheit 9/11, Farenhype 9/11, Celsius 41.11, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, and George W. Bush: Faith in the White House. This book showcases the independent voices and polictical power brokers that struggle to find new ways to debate the status quo and create a counter rhetoric. Softcover, 226 pp. $43.95.
Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice
Edited by Alan Grossman & Aine O'Brien
Projecting Migration is an integrated book/DVD-ROM anthology, comprising contributions from scholars/ practitioners working across a diverse range of transnational locations in a variety of media formats. This volume gives prominence to collaborative research processes conducted across the arts, humanities and social sciences. The DVD-ROM offers the reader a viewing source of selective media content referenced in the chapters. Softcover, 239 pp. $47.95.
Producing With Passion: Making Films That Change the World
Dorothy Faidman & Tony Levelle
Producing With Passion is about applying your entire being to making a difference with your life and your life's work by gathering a team around you to create media miracles. In this inspiring book award winning documentary filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman provides an essential insight into her craft. Softcover, 266 pp. $27.95.
Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction
In this concise, crisply written guide, Patricia Aufderheide takes readers along the diverse paths of documentary film history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and scholars about the best ways to represent reality and to tell the truths worth telling. Softcover, 158 pp. $9.95.
The Mad Hot Adventures of an Unlikely Documentary Filmmaker
Meet Amy Sewell, a former stay-at-home mother of twins with no filmmaking experience, who fell in love with a story about ballroom-dancing kids. She went on to make and sell one of the most successful documentaries of all time. In this engaging and insightful book, Sewell, the writer and producer of Mad Hot Ballroom takes readers through the process. Informed by charming personal anecdotes and her infectious enthusiasm and energy, this book is an essential and inspiring guide to filmmaking from someone who burst onto the scene, made her own rules, and survived to tell the tale. Softcover, 173 pp. $16.50.
100 British Documentaries: BFI Screen Guides
100 British Documentaries provides an accessible and occasionally provocative introduction to a rich and surprisingly varied tradition, by considering 100 examples from a century's worth of cinema. Patrick Russell's insightful essays on the 100 films place them in context, discuss the ways in which they represent their subject matter, and consider how they portray Britain during a century of great social and political change. Softcover, 270 pp. $26.95.
The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide
Anthony Q. Artis
This book is for people who are done talking about the films they want to make and are ready to shut up and shoot! It's an ultra-user-friendly reference guide to basic documentary production, from from the technical specifics of camerawork, lighting, and sound, to the practical intangibles of hustling up a crew, conducting interviews, and stealth shooting. While it's documentary specific, most of the advice and techniques apply equally to event video or narrative projects. In full colour and heavily illustrated with 500 pictures, this book doesn't tell you, it shows you. Softcover, 269 pp. $35.95.
Making Documentary Films and Videos
This new edition of Making Documentary Films and Videos fully updates the popular guidebook that has given readers around the world the knowledge and confidence to produce their first documentary film. It traces two main approaches -- recording behavior and re-creating past events -- and shows you how to be successful at each. Softcover, 438 pp. $23.00.
Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos
This updated edition of Alan Rosenthal's original text contains a variety of new aspects that include illustrations, 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. Softcover, 418 pp. $41.00.
Dziga Vertov: Defining Documentary Film
Pioneer of political documentary and inventor of cinema verite, Dziga Vertov has exerted a decisive influence on directors from Eisenstein to Godard. Yet his reputation long rested upon a lone masterpiece, Man with a Movie Camera. This book reveals him to be an auteur, allowing readers to combine the familiar and less familiar aspects of his filmmaking and thinking in a cohesive narrative. Softcove, 194 pp. $33.95.
The Documentary Film Makers Handbook
Genevieve Jolliffe & Andrew Zinnes
The Documentary Film Makers Handbook contains over 110 interviews with
top doc industry professionals. We have asked them the questions
that you NEED the answers to. EVERY aspect of documentary filmmaking
is covered, such as: finding your subject, exploring the various
doc genres (from political to nature to IMAX), budgeting, fundraising,
broadcasters (including HBO, MTV, National Geographic and Discovery),
ethics, interview techniques, archival footage, censorship, organizations,
crew, docu-dramas, production and post, film festivals and distribution
(traditional, grass roots and new media), survival AND a global perspective
that explores documentary filmmaking around the world. Written by
Genevieve Jolliffe and Andrew Zinnes, The Documentary Film Makers
Handbook pulls no punches and is THE ultimate guide to making your
doc! Softcover, 560 pp. $43.95.
New Documentary provides a contemporary look at documentary and fresh and
challenging ways of theorising the non-fiction film. As engaging as
the original, this second edition features thorough updates to the
existing chapters, as well as a brand new chapter on contemporary cinema
release documentaries. Bruzzi shows how theories of documentary filmmaking
can be applied to contemporary texts and genres, and discusses the
relationship between recent, innovative examples of the genre and the
more established canon of documentary. Softcover, 275 pp. $37.95.
Making Real-Life Videos
Whether you are a teacher or a parent, technologically savvy or technologically
challenged, Making Real-Life Videos provides step-by-step instructions
on how to create exciting, personal documentaries. A learning tool
for your students or your family, this accessible guide offers an
overview of documentary filmmaking, basic production concepts and
the skills that lead to successful real-life videos.
The Search for Reality: The Art of Documentary
Edited by Michael Tobias
This ambitious new book from internationally acclaimed author,
producer, and director Michael Tobias brings together the voices
of renowned documentary filmmakers from around the world as they
probe one of the most widely followed, urgent, and fascinating
of art forms -- the documentary. Nearly forty original contributions
from a dozen countries -- comprising directors, writers, producers,
cinematographers, editors, and distributors -- explore the complexities
of nonfiction filmmaking from the trenches of their profession. Softcover,
387 pp. $38.95.
Documentary in the Digital Age
If you want to learn from leading lights in today's revolution in documentary
filmmaking, Maxine Baker has written the guide you need to own. You
will discover many different and innovative approaches to documentary
style arising from the use of new digital technology. A tribute to
the mavericks of creativity, inside you will find interviews and
ground-breaking documentary makers from the UK, USA, and Europe,
as well as extensive listings of useful worldwide contacts and organizations.
and every fan of the documentary will experience anew the passion
and wonder of the factual film.
Documentary: The Margins of Reality
In discussing such films as Touching the Void (2003), Capturing
the Friedmans (2003) and the work of Nick Broomfield, this timely introduction to the
growing field of documentary explores the definition and understanding
of the form, as well as the relationship between documentary and drama.
Ward also examines animated documentaries, the fertile meeting point
of comedy and documentary modes, the ability of documentary to accurately
historical events, and feature-length contemporary works that have achieved
widespread cinematic release. Softcover, 115 pp. $28.00.
Documentary Now! Contemporary Strategies in Photography, Film and the Visual Arts
How credible and engaged are documentary photography and film these days?
It is high time for a probing analysis. In Documentary Now! a group
of renowned experts shed light on recent developments in the world
of the documentary image in various essays. In addition, various
and artists, including Johan Grimonprez, Walid Raad and Julika Rudelius,
share their views on the current role and significance of the documentary.
Hardcover, 184 pp. $42.00.
The Documentary Makers: Interviews with 15 of the Best in the Business
David A. Goldsmith
A series of "in-their-own-words" interviews with 15 directors
whose work has, in some way, extended the boundary of the documentary.
Their opinions vary: some will work only on film, while others have embraced
latest in digital video technology; some question, even abhor, the use
of commentary, others wouldn't dream of doing without it; some work by
the rules of cinema verite, while others employ stylization and dramatization.
These 15 conversations constitute only a tiny proportion of those working
in the field, but they represent the state of the documentary around
world. Hardcover, 176 pp. $57.95.
The Direct Cinema of David and Albert Maysles
Jonathan B. Vogels
The Maysles brothers' particular style, which they called "direct
cinema," helped usher in a new, more probing and realistic form of
documentary. They are mentioned in many historical surveys of documentary
film, but this book is the first full-length treatment of their career.
In The Direct Cinema of David and Albert Maysles, Jonathan B. Vogels
provides a critical assessment of the complete Maysles catalog, while
on the issues of direct cinema as a whole, and underscoring the technical
and aesthetic achievements of their unique body of work.
Hardcover, 219 pp. $74.50.
John Grierson: Trailblazer of Documentary Film
By the time that John Grierson was appointed the first Commissioner of the NFB
in 1939, he was already as esteemed scholar and seasoned filmmaker with a rich
catalogue of life experiences. In the years that followed, Grierson would go
on to make a significant contribution to documentary filmmaking, the study of
mass media, and Canadian culture as a whole. This terrific biography brings to
life Grierson's exciting personality and remarkable achievements. Softcover,
187 pp. $15.95.
One Man's Documentary
Graham McInnis was one of many talented young people recruited by the charismatic
John Grierson to build the National Film Board of Canada during the heady days
of WWII. McInnis's memoir of these "days of high excitement" is an
insider's look at the NFM from 1939 to 1945, a vivid "orgin" story
of Canada's emerging world-class film studio that provides the NFB with the
kind of full-bodied vitality usually associated with the great Hollywood studios
in their golden years. Softcover, 233 pp. $24.95.
Directing the Documentary
Directing the Documentary is the definitive and comprehensive book on the
form, offering timeless principles that will improve your work. Ideal for documentary
as well as aspiring and current directors, Directing the Documentary covers
all phases of preproduction and production. The emphasis is on hands-on work
and to that end, dozens of projects, exercises, and idea-provoking questionaires
are included. Topics include everything from researching and honing a documentary
to maintining control through shooting. Softcover, 627 pp. $74.95.
Japanese Documentary Film
The Meiji Era Through Hiroshima
Abe Mark Nornes
This is the first-ever English-language study of the subject, an
enlightening close look at the first fifty years of documentary film
theory and practice in Japan. Author Abe Mark Nornes draws on a wide
variety of archival sources to chart shifts in documentary style against
developments in the history of modern Japan. Softcover,
258 pp. $29.95.
Autobiographical Documentary in America
In this unique perspective on documentary filmmaking, Jim Lane looks at the ways
in which autobiographical documentaries -- Roger & Me, Sherman's
and Silverlake Life, to name a few -- raise weighty questions about American
cultural life. Softcover, 246 pp. $44.95.
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