Documentary in Practice

Documentary in Practice : Filmmakers and Production Choices

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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 and advises on how students can gain invaluable insight from these projects.
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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 170.2 x 241.3 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745636128
  • 9780745636122
  • 1,452,771

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Documentary in Practice provides a unique approach topractical documentary-making. Through fascinating analysis ofreal-life production situations, Jane Chapman shows the challengesand issues faced during the filmmaking process by a range of bothwell-known and up-and-coming documentary-makers. She also bringsher own personal experience as a seasoned documentary producer andteacher to advise on how students can gain invaluable insight fromthese projects.


Throughout this compelling text, a variety of producers past andpresent provide their inside project stories and productionrecords, including scripts, fundraising proposals, budgets, diagrams, post-production records and reviews. Across continents, every project and its makers are different whether they are famousnames from the canon', television freelances, art-house directors, documentary-maker activists or first-time filmmakers but they allface 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 aspiringdocumentary-makers will find this book a refreshing introduction tothe choices available for filmmaking and the issues that may emergeduring the process.
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Table of contents

Information about Case Studies. Acknowledgements. List of Illustrations. Preface. 1. Thinking Creatively. 2. Fundraising and Budgeting. 3. Researching and Planning. 4. Shooting and Collecting. 5. Shaping and Editing. 6. Obtaining Public Reaction. References. Index.
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"This book, which offers wonderful examples of film-makers reflecting on their practical choices, together with insightful commentary from the author, shows how critical thinking is foundational to the film-making practice." European Journal of Communication "Jane Chapman manages to mix creative enthusiasm and practical advice in equal measure. This engaging book, informed by her experience in television, is a major contribution to teaching documentary production. Its thoughtful commentary and sequence of illuminating case-studies will also be of value to a broader understanding of this area of work and its critical appreciation." John Corner, University of Liverpool
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About Jane L. Chapman

Jane Chapman is Reader in Media Studies at the University of Lincoln.
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