Directing the Documentary, the definitive book on the documentary form, is designed to help you master the craft of documentary filmmaking. Focusing on the hands-on work needed to make your concept a reality, it covers the documentary filmmaking process from top to bottom, providing in-depth lessons on every aspect of preproduction, production, and postproduction.

The book includes dozens of hands-on projects, practical exercises, and thought-provoking questions, and is thus ideal for solo, distance-learning, or classroom work. It offers best practices for researching and honing your documentary ideas, developing a crew, guiding your team, and much more. This fully revised and updated 7th edition also includes brand new content on the rise of the documentary series, the impact of video on-demand and content aggregators, and updated information on prosumer and professional video (including 4K+). It provides new audio & lighting solutions and explains trends in post-production and the immersive documentary, and provides practical solutions for low, medium, and high budget documentary film productions throughout. The companion website has also been fully updated to include a variety of new projects and forms. Teaching and distance-learning notes show how to make full use of the book’s project-based teaching.

By combining expert advice on the storytelling process, the technical aspects of filmmaking and commentary on the philosophical underpinnings of the art, this book provides the practical and holistic understanding you need to become a highly regarded, original, and ethical contributor to the genre. Ideal for both aspiring and established documentary filmmakers, this book has it all.

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