Documentary in Practice: Filmmakers and Production Choices
February 2007, Polity
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.
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.
- A unique guidebook to the process of documentary making, from
initial planning stages through to marketing and
- Solid professional advice grounded in a broad range of real
life experiences and examples – a range of producers have
made their production records available for this book.
- Written by an author who is both an experienced teacher and
prize-winning documentary producer.
- Will be supported by a website with pedagogical and teaching
materials and partnered with a forthcoming companion textbook on
- Adoptable at 2nd/3rd year undergraduate and for MA students.
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
John Corner, University of Liverpool