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Andy Glynne
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Essentials; Pap/DVD edition (20 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904048803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904048800
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Glynne is a BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker, and is the Founding Director of DFG - the Documentary Filmmakers Group - the UK's national organisation to promote innovation and talent in documentary filmmaking. Andy is also Managing Director of the production company Mosaic Films. He has directed and produced numerous documentaries both in the UK and across the World, and has spent much of his career working with, and mentoring, new and emerging filmmakers.

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Andy Glynne subjects the whole documentary process to scrutiny with advice on: developing your concept; funding; writing pitches and treatments; interview technique; narrative; writing commentary; dealing with ethical issues; camera technique; sound; lighting; post-production, editing and grading; marketing and distribution; film festivals; and, the history of documentary, with additional interviews with industry insiders and award-winning filmmakers who contribute their tips,tricks and advice. DVD features documentaries discussed as case studies in the book, including the multi-award-winning LIFT (Marc Isaacs) and Boogie Woogie Daddy (Erik Bafving), plus layouts for budget spreadsheets, release forms, contracts and more...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth having in your library! 11 Mar 2009
I've picked up a couple documentary titles over the past few months and this one is certainly the best so far.

The book suffers as many do from trying to cram such a diverse subject as documentary filmmaking (and it's constituent parts) into a single short volume and so by necessity is thin on topics like lines of action (briefly mentioned)and dialogue staging etc. even main topics can only be covered to a limited depth, hence the 4 rather 5 stars.

In fact this book, in common with the others of its ilk gravitates towards what's happening behind the camera rather than what's going on in front of it, both are very important, certainly poor prep will almost ensure a poor end result. I've gone for Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions)for deep guidance on the in front of camera content (even though this title was written in 1991 and is very dry reading).

All that being said the material covered is well explained and conveyed in such a way as to "pull" you through the book despite only have 2 pictures in the entire book, it's definitely not a dull read. Andy Glynne also manages to impart his knowledge without sounding either arrogant or condescending.

I'd say this is one of my must have titles on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briiliant 11 Jan 2013
By Faith
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Brilliant book all round, tons and tons of info and useful tips, would highly recommend to anyone interested in this area!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Documentaries: And How to Make Them 3 Jan 2013
By Brian
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Finding these books very useful for all the studies in the University. Thank you very much. I am very grateful.
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