Preface to the Fifth Edition

You want to make documentary films? Most of what you’ll need is here to encourage you. Using a hands-on, project-oriented approach and talking to you as an artist and colleague, the book guides you from beginning to advanced levels of competency. Many people are experiential learners and unsuited to absorbing masses of untried information, so the book accommodates several different kinds of learner. See if your profile is here:

  • I learn best from doing, not from a lot of intellectual preparation. Jump in, do the projects, and use the text for problem-solving when solid issues take shape.
  • I like to feel prepared before I undertake practical work. Each phase of production includes an introduction, practical hands-on ...

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