Documentary in practice

filmmakers and production choices

Jane Chapman

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Documentary in Practice provides a unique approach to practical documentary-making. Through 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 text, a variety of producers past and present provide their inside project stories and production records, including scripts, fundraising proposals, budgets 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." "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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
Number of pages166
ISBN (Print)9780745636115
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Documentary films--Production and direction

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