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Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World by Alan Rosenthal (review)

Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World by Alan Rosenthal (review) Book Reviews SUCCEEDING AS A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER: A GUIDE TO THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD Alan Rosenthal. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011, 224 pp. Alan Rosenthal's latest book, Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World, is one that will have a long shelf life in my home editing suite and my university office. It is a sensible contribution to media production education, easy to read and personable, and one I will reference (and refer to others) again and again as a documentary filmmaker. Rosenthal, who has authored and edited a number of books on documentary cinema, is also an active documentary filmmaker, with films exhibited and distributed worldwide. His concise and practical language is inviting to readers, and Rosenthal's experiences as a professional filmmaker ensure fresh and professionally sound material. Rosenthal sets out to inform readers about the business (not the art) of making documentaries, and does so with appropriate moments of humor and candor. From financing to proposal writing to budgeting and distribution, the user-friendly book is a rich contribution to the industry and media education, but it goes beyond "how to" guides that might confine readers with their emphasis on standard formats and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World by Alan Rosenthal (review)

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 65 (3) – Aug 30, 2013

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Book Reviews SUCCEEDING AS A DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER: A GUIDE TO THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD Alan Rosenthal. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011, 224 pp. Alan Rosenthal's latest book, Succeeding as a Documentary Filmmaker: A Guide to the Professional World, is one that will have a long shelf life in my home editing suite and my university office. It is a sensible contribution to media production education, easy to read and personable, and one I will reference (and refer to others) again and again as a documentary filmmaker. Rosenthal, who has authored and edited a number of books on documentary cinema, is also an active documentary filmmaker, with films exhibited and distributed worldwide. His concise and practical language is inviting to readers, and Rosenthal's experiences as a professional filmmaker ensure fresh and professionally sound material. Rosenthal sets out to inform readers about the business (not the art) of making documentaries, and does so with appropriate moments of humor and candor. From financing to proposal writing to budgeting and distribution, the user-friendly book is a rich contribution to the industry and media education, but it goes beyond "how to" guides that might confine readers with their emphasis on standard formats and

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 30, 2013

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