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Get Close : Lean Team Documentary Filmmaking, Hardback Book


A refreshing new practical approach to documentary filmmaking, Get Close: Lean Team Documentary Filmmaking equips new and veteran filmmakers with the knowhow to make artistically rewarding documentaries for less money, less hassle, and less time.

Author and veteran filmmaker Rustin Thompson shows that by stripping away, sidestepping, or reassessing the entrenched industry hurdles-long waits for funding, the unwieldy crews, the unnecessary gear, the gauntletof film festivals, pitch forums, and distribution networks-filmmakers can move quickly from idea to execution to finished film.

Throughout the book, Thompson demystifies and de-clutters the way docs are produced today, illustrating the use of a few simple and accessible tools and techniques while stillengaging with the aesthetic possibilities of the medium, its creative opportunities and its satisfying rewards of giving back to the world.

Using the essential lessons in Get Close, filmmakers will learn to eliminate physical and financial barriers between themselves and their subject matter, ultimately leading them to tell more artful, illuminating stories and find the joy in documentary filmmaking.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 216 pages, 35 photographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Documentary films
  • ISBN: 9780190909895



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