Presented below are most of the books mentioned in the bibliographies of Making Documentary Films and Videos and my other books, along with some other titles of interest to filmmakers. The books are listed alphabetically by title. (For a traditional bibliography listed by author, GO HERE.)
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Planet by Elinor Burkett This is simply the best book I've read in years about how schools really work and why "educators" so often get it wrong. (New York: HarperCollins,
The Art of Film Funding by Carole Lee Dean Read it through once to get the big picture, then keep it on your bedside stand and read a few pages every night. (Studio City, CA. Michael Wiese Productions, 2007.)
Documentary Storytelling by Sheila Curran Bernard Storytelling is the way you hold the viewer's interest while you present the facts your documnetary deals with. (Burlington, MA: Focal Press, 2004, 2007.)
The ifilm Digital Video Filmmaker’s Handbook by Maxie D. Collier Getting a handle on using digital video technology to make films. (Hollywood: Lone Eagle Publishing Company, 2001.)
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field This is one of the two or three best books ever on writing a screenplay. (New York:Dell Publishing, 2005.)
Geertz, Clifford. “Deep Play: Notes on a Balinese
Cockfight” in The Interpretation of
Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books, 1973.
Hampe, Barry. Video
Scriptwriting: How to Write for the $4 Billion Commercial Video Market.New York: Plume/Penguin, 1993.
Michaels, Patrick C. Meltdown: The Predictable
Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media.Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2004.
Newton, Dale and John Gaspard,
Digital Filmmaking 101: An Essential
Guide to Producing Low-Budget Movies.Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2001
O’Connell, P.J. Robert
Drew and the Development of Cinema Vérité in America.Carbondale: Southern Illinois University
Pryluck, Calvin. “Ultimately We Are All Outsiders: The
Ethics of Documentary Filming,” Journal
of the University Film Association 28, no. 1 (Winter 1976) repr. in Alan
Rosenthal, ed., New Challenges to
Rabinger, Michael. Directing
the Documentary, 4th ed. New York: Focal Press, 2004.
Rivoli, Pietra. Travels
of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy.New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2005.
Rosenthal, Alan. New
Challenges to Documentary.Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1987.
Documentary in Action: A Casebook in Film Making.Berkeley: University of California Press,
Directing, and Producing Documentary Films. 3rd ed. Carbondale and
Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.