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Making a Scene in Documentary Film Iconic Filmmakers Discuss What Works and Why

Making a Scene in Documentary Film Iconic Filmmakers Discuss What Works and Why

Making a Scene in Documentary Film Iconic Filmmakers Discuss What Works and Why

Making a Scene in Documentary Film. This collection of iconic interviews helps demystify the documentary filmmaking process by deconstructing the most relevant and important scenes in some of documentary's most well-known films. It offers concrete, real-world examples of the situations and decisions that filmmakers navigate.

Offers never-before-discussed analysis of specific scenes representing all documentary genres directly from the creators behind them. Includes exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary from Rachel Lears, Dawn Porter, John Battsek, Bob Eisenhart and more.

Features interviews with professionals from all areas of the documentary process including cinematography, directing, editing, and more. Maxine Trump has won multiple BDA awards as a director for her work on numerous commercial projects for Network TV and agency clients.

She went on to direct documentaries for Sundance, TNT, BBC, Discovery, PBS, etc. Her previous feature film Musicwood was a New York Times Critics' pick, festival award winner and played on TV and in theaters around the world. Her latest film, To Kid or Not to Kid, was released in theaters and on TV worldwide to critical acclaim. She is a Sundance Institute Advisor, a visiting lecturer at New York Film Academy, University of the Arts London and Yale, and a documentary consultant for emerging filmmakers.

Foreword; 1 - Introduction - Scenes, Styles, and Genres; 2 - Observational - Truffle Hunters; 3 - Interview-Led - Trapped; 4 - Hybrid and Performative - Dick Johnson Is Dead; 5 - Poetic and Character-Led -Time; 6 - Archive - RBG; 7 - Natural History Genre - My Octopus Teacher; 8 - Competition Genre - Knock Down the House; 9 - Investigative Genre - Collective; 10 - Crime Drama Series - Tiger King; Addendum - Film List by Style and Genre; Acknowledgments; Index. We go behind-the-scenes with the creators to learn the methodologies and approaches these directors, cinematographers, editors and sound recordists have taken to bring these amazing documentaries to life.

What makes a great scene? Why are they so important in the construction of a great film? The interviews included offer insights from the directors of the award-winning (Oscar Academy Awards, Sundance and many more) Truffle Hunters, My Octopus Teacher, Collective, K nock Down The Hous e and Trapped. The cinematographer of RBG, Julia and Fauci. The editor of Time and sound designer of Tiger King.

BDA award-winning documentary filmmaker and esteemed Sundance advisor, Maxine Trump goes in depth with each filmmaker, asking about their creative process and why these scenes made such a deep impression on themselves and their audience. Was it the cinematic style, the dynamic dialogue, the magic of observational filmmaking, the story beat or a surprising turning point? This technical but creative and accessible resource is suitable for documentary filmmaking students and aspiring directors, producers, editors, and cinematographers in nonfiction film, with each interview offering a fresh perspective to the emerging or professional filmmaker and audience alike. Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd. Country of Publication United Kingdom.

Subtitle Iconic Filmmakers Discuss What Works and Why. Illustrations 29 Halftones, black and white; 29 Illustrations, black and white.

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Making a Scene in Documentary Film Iconic Filmmakers Discuss What Works and Why