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Documentary in Practice. Filmmakers and Production Choices. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5224492
  • Book
  • December 2006
  • 184 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Documentary in Practice provides a unique approach to practical documentary-making. Through fascinating analysis of real-life production situations, Jane Chapman shows the challenges and issues faced during the filmmaking process by a range of both well-known and up-and-coming documentary-makers. She also brings her own personal experience as a seasoned documentary producer and teacher to advise on how students can gain invaluable insight from these projects.

Throughout this compelling text, a variety of producers past and present provide their inside project stories and production records, including scripts, fundraising proposals, budgets, diagrams, post-production records and reviews. Across continents, every project and its makers are different whether they are famous names from the canon', television freelances, art-house directors, documentary-maker activists or first-time filmmakers but they all face a range of challenges:

  • how to connect visual approach to content idea
  • morality of camera presence
  • complaints and ethical challenges
  • legal issues and censorship
  • budgetary factors influencing choices
  • conflict with commissioning editors

All students of media studies as well as aspiring documentary-makers will find this book a refreshing introduction to the choices available for filmmaking and the issues that may emerge during the process.

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Information about Case Studies.


List of Illustrations.


1. Thinking Creatively.

2. Fundraising and Budgeting.

3. Researching and Planning.

4. Shooting and Collecting.

5. Shaping and Editing.

6. Obtaining Public Reaction.



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Jane L. Chapman University of Lincoln.
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