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Directing the Documentary (Portuguese and English Edition) (Portuguese) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0240806082
ISBN-10: 0240806085
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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.
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'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

"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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 4th edition (March 30, 2004)
  • Language: Portuguese, English
  • ISBN-10: 0240806085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240806082
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent book, especially for those who are new in the field. Among other things, Michael Rabiger guides you through a brief history of the documentary genre, helps you discover your creative identity, acquaintes you with the film vocabulary, and introduces you to the genre through a variety of projects that you are encouraged to undertake. Directing the Documentary is definitely a textbook (no wonder it's one of the "must read" books at the Department of TV Documentary in Goldsmith's College in London) and Michael Rabiger is an excellent teacher. Lacking the pretentiousness of many other teachers, he uses simple language to describe various aspects of the documentary and never underestimates his reader / student. A lover of the genre himself, he knows how to make you feel confident for having chosen the documentary as a career. He never patronizes you and all the advice that he gives is given with a friendly and generous tone. Mr Rabiger is a thoughtful and sensitive teacher, but also an excellent author, or "storyteller," as he prefers to call the documentarist. His words flow, like in a good novel, making you want to read on and on, while at the same time they are so pregnant with meaning that they make you stop and think about them. Having read his book, and being a student myself, I would like to say a warm "thank you" to Mr Rabiger for his sensitivity and generosity as a teacher.
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This is probably the best book on directing and producing a documentary film that I've come across.  A lot of books on filmmaking seem to be written by people who've never really made any films but can rehash what others have written on the subject and sell their advice.  Rabiger's text is different, this is a text written by a seasoned documentary filmmaker that makes every chapter an insightful and useful reading experience.  It may price a bit more than other documentary texts but it's worth the money spent in what you'll learn over the other books
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Rabinger as a writer has a superbly no-nonsense approach to his subject matter, and the book covers every aspect of the life of the documentary film. He explores the key elements of creating the the work (or body of work) and fits a series of practical steps and tips for each element.

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.
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This guide gives an excellent, step by step, overview of film making in general. It examines in detail the three stages of production and gives good examples of useful forms for the organization of production. The pre-production section was most valuable. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the making of documentary films.
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Now in its fourth edition, Directing The Documentary is a no-nonsense guide by veteran documentary director Michael Rabinger, who has directed or edited more than 35 films including many documentaires for the BBC. A comprehensive resource, Directing The Documentary covers issues of aesthetics and authorship, how to develop one's artistic identity while staying true to the source material, skills of screencraft, issues to keep a close eye on in preproduction, production, and postproduction, the educational background needed to direct documentaries and how to go about getting work in one's chosen field, and more. From knowing when to use narration and when to be aware of its drawbacks, to being acutely aware of schedule logistics with respect to different types and lengths of documentaries, to important legal issues to remain aware of - not the least of which is the personal release form in which signatory individuals allow one to make public the material that has been shot - Directing The Documentary is an absolute "must-have" for any would-be nonfiction movie director. An in-depth resource that spares no detail, positive or negative, about the highlights (and headaches) of documentary direction.
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Rabiger is simply one of the basics for any willing filmaker. His insigth and the way he handdles documentaries goes beyond anything that I have seen before. I belive the most impotant thing on the book is his emphasis on the human side of this kind of films.
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.
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This book contemplates the full scope of documentary film or video
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.
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