Directing the Documentary


Directing the Documentary


Title: Directing the Documentary
Author: Rabiger, Michael
Price: $77.99

Directing the Documentary is a comprehensive manual that has inspired over 100,000 readers worldwide. If you are interested in making documentary films, everything you need technically and conceptually is here. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career.

Directing the Documentary covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. It emphasizes low-cost digital technology, which allows cutting-edge creativity and professionalism on shoestring budgets. And, recognizing that you learn best by doing, the book includes dozens of practical hands-on projects and activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills.

Just as important as surmounting technological hurdles is the conceptual and authorial side of filmmaking. This book offers eminently practical tools and exercises to help you develop credible and compelling stories. It shows you how to surpass mere technical proficiency and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style.

Michael Rabiger has directed or edited over 35 films, founded the Documentary Center at Columbia College, Chicago, and was Chair of its Film/Video Department. Now Professor Emeritus, Rabiger has also been presented with the Preservation and Scholarship Award by the International Documentary Association. He has given workshops in many countries, led a multinational European documentary workshop for CILECT, the international association of film schools. As Visiting Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he taught idea development, directing, and advanced production. When he retired 2001 to write full-time, Columbia renamed its documentary center \"The Michael Rabiger Center for Documentary.? In 2002 he was made Honorary Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; in 2003 awarded the 2003 Preservation and Scholarship Award by the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles; in 2005 the Genius Career Achievement Award by the Chicago International Documentary Festival, and also in 2005 was made Professor Emeritus by Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of the enormously successful, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics (Focal Press), now in its fourth edition, and Directing the Documentary (Focal Press), now in its fifth edition. He is also the author of Developing Story Ideas (Focal Press), currently in its second edition. He is currently writing a biography of Thomas Hardy.

\"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

\"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.\"'s blog \"Doc Soup\"


PART I You and Your Ideas
Chapter 1 The Director's Role
Chapter 2 Recognizing Your Artistic Identity
Chapter 3 Developing Your Story Ideas
Chapter 4 Proposing and Pitching a Short Documentary

PART II: Documentaries and Film Language

Chapter 5 Documentary Language
Chapter 6 Elements and Grammar

PART III: Preproduction
Chapter 7 Research
Chapter 8 Developing a Crew

PART IV: Production
Chapter 9 Camera Equipment
Chapter 10 Lighting
Chapter 11 Location Sound
Chapter 12 Directing

PART V: Postproduction
Chapter 13 Editing: From Start to Viewing the First Assembly
Chapter 14 Editing: The Process of Refinement
Chapter 15 Editing: From Fine Cut To Sound Mix
Chapter 16 Titles and Acknowledgments


Part VI: Documentary Aesthetics
Chapter 17 Point of View
Chapter 18 Time, Development, And Structure
Chapter 19 Form, Control, and Style
Chapter 20 Reenactment, Reconstruction, and Docudrama

PART VII: Advanced Production Issues

7A: Preproduction
Chapter 21 Advanced Research
Chapter 22 Values, Ethics, And Choices
Chapter 23 The Advanced Documentary Proposal
Chapter 24 Preparing To Direct

7B: Production
Chapter 25 Optics
Chapter 26 Cameras and Camera Equipment
Chapter 27 Location Sound
Chapter 28 Organization, Crew, and Procedures
Chapter 29 Advanced Directing
Chapter 30 Conducting and Shooting Interviews

7C: Postproduction
Chapter 31 From Transcript To Film Script
Chapter 32 Creating Narration
Chapter 33 Using Music and Working with a Composer
Chapter 34 Editing: Refinements and Structural Problems

PART VIII Education and Starting Your Career
Chapter 35 Education
Chapter 36 From Film School To Film Industry


Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publication date: 13/03/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780240810898
Publishing status: AU Print-on-demand

Additional information

Weight 1496 g
Dimensions 260 × 184 mm


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