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"While there are many books about the technical basics of documentary film production, none of them integrate so thoroughly the artistic intention at the heart of great direction with the means of realization in pre-production, the field and the editing room...Great directing is equally a matter of heart and soul as much as technical knowledge. This idea is prevalent throughout Rabiger's book." - Ray Zone, International Documentary Magazine
"What makes this book so valuable is that the author consistently searches for the philosophical underpinnings of his art and never gets lost in the technical processes of filmmaking." - Jonathan Luskin, Flying Moose Pictures, San Francisco
"The book's greatest strength is the emphasis on documentary filmmaking as a creative, storytelling process....It supplies more in the way of an ethical foundation for the young filmmaker than any other title on the market." - Phil Hopper, Director, Theatre and Media Arts Program, Marymount College of Fordham University
"Intelligent and artfully written, Directing the Documentary should enjoy a place of prominence in the library of every documentary videomaker." - Videomaker magazine
"...what really makes this book so valuable is that the author is just so inspiring. Rabiger writes with such enthusiasm that even the most nervous would-be documentary maker is encouraged. But this is not the extent of his audience as this text is also highly relevant and impassioning to the seasoned pro...This text is inspirational, accessible, filled with useful filmic references and snippets of advice...This updated 4th edition really is a must for anyone with an interest in documentary filmmaking." - POV2 Journal
"Skim and scan this one? Nope! Read it cover to cover? Absolutely! Not since I read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has a book been the cause of forcing me to rethink things as much as this one. For those either making documentaries or thinking about it, this is the book to get." - Steve Douglas, underwater videographer and writer for kenstone.net
"I read Michael Rabiger's Directing the Documentary which contains a list of not-to-miss American documentaries and Thin Blue Line is among them, as well as other films that depict wrongful incarcerations, such as Murder on a Sunday Morning."--PBS.com's blog "Doc Soup"
This is an outstanding work that has provided many times the value of its acquisition cost.
There are very real-world observations and methodology given. Read more
This is a great book for anyone wanting to make a documentary film, but also useful for those just wishing to learn more about filmmaking in general. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Rob Brown
everything that we learn in film school in one side, but other side is kind of different and this referrers about ourself because we need to research and read a lot to catch... Read morePublished 5 months ago by OMID; TheOmid
i loved that it was available for kindle and the price was less than buying the actual book. beats waiting for the book to come in when i need to read for class todayPublished 10 months ago by Sam
This was a mandatory book for a mandatory class that i hated in the end anyway. Yet my emotional grievances aside, it was unnecessarily repetitive, wordy, and just plain annoying... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Denise D.
It tells me very clearly all I need to know and expected to get. Recommended for anyone just entering the field and oldtimes too.Published 12 months ago by Eve Zaremba
Ordered through Amazon Prime and the book arrived in excellent condition, fast. This book sometimes reads like a self help book but is really great with advice on documentary film... Read morePublished 13 months ago by April