Best books on how to make documentaries

I’ve been looking through books on how to make documentaries (that is, how to write, prepare, shoot, post-produce and sell documentaries). They were all interesting but I chose The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production. At first it was the less attractive of all, but it ended being the most adjusted to our needs: how to film on a low budget and less yada yada on how to sell your story or how many technicians you need to pay. It also has some info on how to use new generation digital video cameras.

Just for the record, other interesting books were:

There are a lot of books with many good (fake?) reviews out there, I mention these because: Documentary Storytelling emphasizes on the storytelling. While most books emphasize on budget managing or how to sell your documentary, they don’t explain the language of documentaries. And telling a good story is better than anything else. The second book, Directing the Documentary, is simply the Bible for professional wanna-be documentary directors.

Amazon is also shipping to Spain some books I mentioned in my last post:

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5 responses to “Best books on how to make documentaries

  1. Hei Naoise, I would love to read it before our trip πŸ™‚ Man we have tons of stuff to do and we are not doing anything !!!! Shit !!! Every day it is getting more closer and we don’t have the motorhome yet ! I am getting nervous xD

    Ok ok, calm down… hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    BTW when are the books expected to be delivered ?

  2. We are suppose to rent the RV today, so don’t freak out ’cause every little thing is gonna be alright πŸ˜‰

  3. The thing of the video can not just be an opportunity to get some money back but also the way to have good memories of this trip, which I’m sure is going to be unforgettable!
    There’s one thing I don’t know yet, do you have camera Naoise?

  4. I’m working on it Little John… πŸ˜‰
    You said it, nice souvenir!

  5. Love following your progress, travel well, travel safe and have a good shoot.
    Cheers

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