Documentary Case Studies - Behind the Scenes of the Greatest (True) Stories Ever Told

Author(s): Jeff Swimmer

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Documentary students and fans revel in stories about filmmakers conquering extraordinary challenges trying to bring their work to the screen. This book brings vividly to life the sometimes humorous, sometimes excruciating-and always inspiring-stories behind the making of some of the greatest documentaries of our time. All of the filmmakers and films profiled are Oscar-nominated or Oscar-winning. Documentary Case Studies walks readers through the fixes and missteps that today's documentary leaders worked through at all stages to create their masterworks-from development, fundraising and pre-production, through production and then post. There are plenty of "how to" documentary filmmaking books in circulation, but this book will instead deploy a personal, intimate, and candid approach to unlocking the secrets of the craft and the business by meeting filmmakers who tackle production challenges in the most resourceful and unconventional ways.


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A behind-the-scenes look into the stories behind the making of award-winning non-fiction films - from development, fundraising and pre-production, through production and then post-production.

Jeff Swimmer is Associate Professor at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in southern California, where he teaches Documentary Production and leads numerous international filmmaking programs. He is an award-winning Director and Producer of documentary films on both sides of the Atlantic. His programs have aired on BBC, PBS, NBC News, A&E, CNN, Discover, The History Channel, ARTE and others. His 2001 Northern Ireland: Dying For Peace (Supervising Producer, CNN) won a DuPont Award in Documentary.

Acknowledgements Preface Chapter 1. Food, Inc. - Director and Producer, Robert Kenner and Producer, Elise Pearlstein Chapter 2. Man on Wire - Director, James Marsh and Producer, Simon Chinn Chapter 3. Super Size Me - Director and Producer, Morgan Spurlock Chapter 4. 20 Feet from Stardom - Director and Producer, Morgan Neville Chapter 5. Spellbound - Director and Producer, Jeffrey Blitz Chapter 6. The Act of Killing - Director and Producer, Joshua Oppenheimer Chapter 7. GasLand - Director and Producer, Josh Fox Chapter 8. Undefeated - Director, T.J. Martin and Director and Producer, Daniel Lindsay Chapter 9. Restrepo - Director and Producer, Sebastian Junger Chapter 10. Sergio - Director and Producer, Greg Barker Chapter 11. Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision - Director and Producer, Frieda Lee Mock Chapter 12. Sound and Fury - Director and Producer, Josh Aronson and Producer, Roger Weisberg Chapter 13. Into The Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport - Director, Mark Jonathan Harris and Producer, Deborah Oppenheimer Conversation Points Sources Index

General Fields

  • : 9781623569433
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : February 2015
  • : January 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jeff Swimmer
  • : Paperback
  • : 184