Creative DocumentaryTheory and Practice
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What does it mean to be a documentary filmmaker in todays world?
How are new technologies changing documentary filmmaking?
What new forms of documentary are emerging?
Recent technological developments have made the making and distribution of documentary films easier and more widespread than ever before. Creative Documentary: theory and practice is an innovative and essential guide that comprehensively embraces these changing contexts and provides you with the ideas, methods, and critical understanding to support successful documentary making. It helps the aspiring total filmmaker understand the contemporary contexts for production, equipping you also with the understanding of creativity and visual storytelling youll need to excel. Bridging the gap between the theory and practice, it outlines the contemporary institutional, practical and financial contexts for production, always encouraging innovation and originality.
Creative Documentary: theory and practice is an essential guide for those engaged in the study and practice of documentary theory and making, as well as key reading for those more broadly in video, film and media theory and production.
About the authors
Part 1 The creative documentary
1 What is creativity? Wilma de Jong
2 The creative documentary Wilma de Jong
3 The creative industries and documentary Wilma de Jong
4 Passionate business: entrepreneurship and the documentary
filmmaker Wilma de Jong
Part 2 Development strategies
5 Developing ideas Jerry Rothwell
6 From idea to pitch Jerry Rothwell
7 Budgets and schedules Jerry Rothwell
Part 3 Narrative strategies
8 The nature of stories and narratives Erik Knudsen
9 Life does not tell stories: structuring devices in documentary
filmmaking Wilma de Jong
10 The classic narrative Erik Knudsen
11 The transcendental narrative Erik Knudsen
12 Cinematic codes Erik Knudsen
13 New media, new documentary forms Mary Agnes Krell
Part 4 Production strategies
14 A good waltz or a nasty tango: individual qualities of the total
filmmaker and teamwork Wilma de Jong
15 Producing Jerry Rothwell
16 Directing Erik Knudsen
17 Camera and cinematography Erik Knudsen
18 Interview strategies Jerry Rothwell
19 The uses and abuses of archive footage Toby Haggith
20 Zen and the art of documentary editing Wilma de Jong
21 Being there: the creative use of location and post-production
sound in documentaries Jean Martin
Part 5 Distribution strategies
22 Online, portable and convergence environments Erik Knudsen
23 Delivery and compliance Jerry Rothwell
Documentary filmmaking: a historical overview
- Five sections covering creativity and creative documentary and the contemporary creative industries: strategies for developing documentary ideas; the art of documentary narrative; digital production methods; new documentary forms; distribution and financing.
- Provides a comprehensive overview of critical thought and techniques in digital documentary filmmaking.
- Authors and specialist contributors combine the experience, knowledge and skills of academics and media professionals working in the industry.
- Practical case studies support analysis and reflection.
- Exercises, checklists, interviews with professionals and further reading materials accompany each chapter.
- A historical overview of world documentary.
- A website offering additional illustrative material for each section.
"A wide-ranging, illuminating and comprehensive book. Simultaneously both very practical and deeply thought-provoking , it is an indispensable guide for people wanting to make their own documentaries." - Dr Tony Dowmunt, Goldsmiths, University of London
" ... with an informed awareness of the implications of digital developments, this is an important pragmatic and conceptual guide for new documentary makers, especially those aspiring to a critical and reflexive engagement with the genre" - Dr Cahal McLaughlin, University of Ulster
A brilliantly useful and comprehensive book that takes you through the A to Z of documentary filming. Read it, digest it, take what is useful and go and make a brilliant film! - Nick Broomfield, documentary filmmaker
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