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Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events Paperback – January 15, 1997
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YA?A comprehensive and well-written introduction for aspiring filmmakers. Every aspect of production is covered, from conceptualizing an idea to seeking distributors for the final product. Technical aspects of video and film equipment are touched upon, but are not covered to such a degree that they become laborious. For instance, the subject of lighting, which could easily be a book unto itself, is addressed in a few pages. A filmography of classic documentaries and an appendix describing how to join the International Documentary Association are included. An invaluable tool for future producers and an excellent title to supplement videography and film-production classes.?John Kiefman, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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An experienced filmmaker, writer, and teacher, Hampe hopes to guide the inexperienced through the process of making a documentary, or "reality video," in 25 steps, from idea to post-production. He is meticulous, even including a chapter on informed consent called "Ethics in Making a Documentary," and a most helpful index that provides information on professional associations. Still, despite his use of sound bites and personal anecdotes, one senses that he should have produced a series of videos on the subject instead of writing it all down for its specialized audience of film students, film professionals, and large companies that make informational films. Recommended for specialized collections in communications or film studies.?Lisa N. Johnston, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., Va.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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But you know what would make this book a lot better? Illustrations and/or photos. Shooting technique is discussed but not shown. Editing technique is discussed but not shown. Ironically, Hampe spends a lot of time driving home the point that it's important to SHOW the action as opposed to relying on interviews and narration.
Another problem is that the book is grossly outdated. The updated version of the book is here: Making Documentary Films and Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries.
Hampe delves into his experiences of shooting on film throughout the 70's & 80's, and talks a bit about video. He seems to mention his own work quite a bit. One more thing: If Hampe refrained from needlessly repeating himself, the book would be half as thick.
I would recommend a far better book on documentary filmmaking, which is The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production
I would have liked the chapters on the Documentary Idea and Writing the Documentary to be longer. Personally, I would have benefited more from extending the discussions here. Also the author tends to drive the book along at a fiercely anecdotal rate which is great if you can imagine yourself in the author's shoes, but may not suit everyone's style.
Overall I found this to be a most useful manual and certainly find myself returning to it for advice. What better recommendation can I offer?
Overall a great book. I give it a 4 out of 5 simply because it could have been a little shorter making it less repetitive towards the end.
Still, a great read!!
The part of the book I thought was most helpful was content dealing with the type of interview appropriate for a documentary. It really made me think a little more about that particular element and why it is so critical to approach an interview carefully.
Quite of few of the works listed in the filmography, (at the end of the book), are actually available in the Netflix service, and I look forward to watching the documentaries with a new perspective!
This was really a great book:)