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Aaron Koolen November 13th, 2002 06:48 PM

Docco making resources required
I'm wanting to learn about documentary making and thought I might start making a few small items about people I know, just to learn with. Do any of you seasoned pro's have any "must read" books or sites that I should look at to learn about it all. I want to learn about all aspects of the process including interviewing, structure and editing if at all possible.


Jeff Donald November 13th, 2002 10:47 PM

This will get you started http://www.cinemaweb.com/silentfilm/...f/23_rf1_2.htm Nanook of the North was one of the first documentaries. Flaherty' first film caught fire (a years worth of work) and burned along with his editing facility. Undaunted he returned and reshot everything and more. Amazing story for the early 1900's.

You may want to search Read About It http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/forumdisp...?s=&forumid=36 for additional books and inspiration.


Ken Tanaka November 14th, 2002 12:02 AM

I'm currently reading two very good books on making documentary films which you may also find useful. I've not (yet) reviewed them in the "Read About It" forum, but here are the amazon links to them.

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos

Directing the Documentary

Aaron Koolen November 14th, 2002 05:41 AM

Thanks guys, I'll check those out.

Jeff Donald November 14th, 2002 06:10 AM

The cover of Directing the Documentary is a scene from Nanook of the North. I've read Directing the Documentary and it is a good book for beginners and pros alike.


David Mintzer November 14th, 2002 07:31 AM

You might also look at Erik Barnows History of the Documentary----not a how to book but a scholarly look at the many different veins of documentary film making---gave me some great ideas.

Guy Pringle November 16th, 2002 03:19 PM

Writing, directing, and producing documentary films and videos by Alan Rosenthal.

Simon Plissi November 17th, 2002 11:25 AM

<<<-- Originally posted by africats : Writing, directing, and producing documentary films and videos by Alan Rosenthal. -->>>

Yes, the Alan Rosenthal book is good.
Also worth checking out is Paul Kriwaczek's Documentary for the Small Screen. The book also includes shot and audio advice.

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