- Publisher: Focal Press; 3rd edition (November 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240802705
- ISBN-13: 978-0240802701
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Directing the Documentary 3rd Edition
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From Library Journal
Documentary films are directed, not just edited from random shots. They are also planned, as this nine-part book shows, taking the reader through pre- and post-production of a series of documentary projects on both film and videotape. "No one ever got rich making documentaries," Rabiger states, but one can get much satisfaction out of making them. The knowledgeable author gives many helpful hints for the neophyte nonfiction filmmaker, and a good number of photographs, charts, and drawings illustrate the material. Also included in this readable book are an annotated bibliography, a glossary of film terms, some forms and, best of all, information on how to get a job in the documentary field. Recommended for college and public libraries because of its comprehensiveness and usefulness. James L. Limbacher, Jayell Enterprises, Dearborn, Mich.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Intelligent and artfully written, Directing the Documentary should enjoy a place of prominence in the library of every documentary videomaker."--Videomaker Magazine -- Review
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Top Customer Reviews
These elements include: Historical Background, Preproduction, Production, Post-Production, Technical Basics, Projects for Developing Skills, and Career Track.
The appendices and the annotated bibliography are very useful, and the book is worth the price just for these additions.
Directing the Documentary is an essential for a student of film.
The last chappters of the book really fall a little, but I belive it is an excusable flaw because of the high quality of the rest of the book. Thanks to Mr. Rabiger I am very ahead of the rest of my documentary class in production, language and structure.
making, from coming up with the idea through to post production.
Rabinger is a good writer and film historian, who is able to
draw upon examples from both his own work and from the work of
others to illustrate his gospel.
The book is clear and well laid out - and although expensive
it is well worth the investment for anyone contemplating making
their own documentary films.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
like a good novel. A classic since its first edition. I' ve read it and reread it.
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