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Documentary Case Studies


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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

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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.

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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.


Documentary Case Studies is a great read for anyone who wants to seriously work in the world of non-fiction. I've had the pleasure of working with Author Jeff Swimmer, and his skill sets and knowledge of every facet of the business were earned in the field as a working journalist. 'The real deal speaks the real truth!' " * Thom Beers, Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer of Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers and Storage Wars *
Jeff Swimmer asked the makers of top documentaries how they persuaded people to talk on camera, where they found financing, how they decided to frame their stories. These are crucial questions and the primary sources answer them compellingly. This book is a fascinating resource for aspiring documentarians, established filmmakers, and anyone with an interest in what it takes to make a great film during this golden age of documentaries. * David Brancaccio, Host of American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report and Co-Executive Producer of Fixing the Future: The Documentary *

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