The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing: Techniques for TV and Film

The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing sets out the techniques, the systems and the craft required to edit compelling professional documentary television and film. Working stage by stage through the postproduction process, author Sam Billinge explores project organization, assembling rushes, sequence editing, music and sound design, story structure, and the defining relationship between editor and director.

Written by a working documentary editor with over a decade’s experience cutting films for major British and international broadcasters, The Practical Guide to Documentary Editing offers a unique introduction to the craft of documentary editing, and provides working and aspiring filmmakers with the tools to master the art.

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Digital Filmmaking for Beginners A Practical Guide to Video Production

Discover how to create professional-quality digital videos–faster than you can say “lights, camera, action”

Digital video cameras are everywhere–even on our phones! But cameras don’t make great movies; filmmakers do. Written by a seasoned pro with 40 years of teaching experience, Digital Filmmaking for Beginners is your fully illustrated introduction to all technical aspects of digital filmmaking.

Featuring clear, concise instruction–accompanied by online video demonstrations–this comprehensive guide covers the best methods and techniques to plan and script projects; set up lighting, microphones, and cameras; and shoot, edit, and apply postproduction effects and other finishing touches. Whether you’re an amateur film buff or an aspiring professional videographer, this is the source for everything you need to bring your ideas from the page to the screen.

Coverage includes:

  • Best practices to ensure smooth operations in all project phases, from planning to post production
  • Recommendations on selecting and purchasing cameras, filming gear, and the best editing and effects software to fit your budget and needs
  • Advice on planning, shooting, editing, and other technical elements
  • Fully illustrated tutorials on composition, framing, and other visual storytelling techniques
  • Exclusive bonus online content, including finished video demonstrations of key filmmaking techniques and informative articles

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Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary–recording behavior and re-creating past events―and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.

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The Editor’s Toolkit: A Practical Guide to the Craft of Film and Video Editing

The Editor’s Toolkit: A Practical Guide to the Craft of Editing is a hands-on, tutorial based guide to the art of editing. Today’s process of media editing is fast and competative, making this guide a necessity for anyone looking to break in to the business. Here, Chris Wadsworth provides 52 media-based examples for you to put together, with the benefit of seeing what he did with those same exercises, giving you essential feedback to improve your technique and learn the tricks of the trade. Accessible and to-the-point, this primer is a must-read for anyone looking to learn both the art and technique of editing. This 4-color guide features:

  • Examples from the world of film and TV that show how even the greatest directors employ the same techniques in their productions that are mentioned in this guide
  • A look at CV’s and the right attitudes that will give you the best chance at breaking into the editing world
  • Intensive sections about the way music and sound editing can shape the entire production
  • A companion website featuring video and other media that you can edit on your own, each featuring examples of cuts and techniques discussed in the book as well as a discussion forum.

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Making Documentary Films and Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries

The classic guide to making documentaries, now revised and expanded for today’s filmmaker

The second edition of Making Documentary Films and Videos fully updates the popular guidebook that has given readers around the world the knowledge and confidence to produce their first documentary film. It traces two main approaches-recording behavior and re-creating past events-and shows you how to be successful at each. Covering all the steps from concept to completion, with chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; writing for documentaries; budgeting; assembling a crew; film and sound recording; casting and directing actors and nonactors; and editing for the audience, this book can help you successfully bring to life the documentary you want to make.
The second edition includes
• a discussion of truth, “reality,” and honesty in the current
filmmaking environment
• new advice on how to get started in documentary filmmaking
• an expanded section on researching and writing the proposal,
treatment, and script
• an exhaustive list of resources

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