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Producing with Passion: Making Films That Change the World [Paperback]

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Documentary filmmaker Fadiman chronicles her more than 30 years of experience searching out practical approaches to get her productions funded, finished, and seen, balancing inspiration and commitment with financing, shooting, editing, and promotion.

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Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN  1932907440  
ISBN13  9781932907445  

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Documentary Book Exhibits Knowledge and Passion!  Jul 25, 2008
"A film that reflects your true passion can have an impact for generations. This book gives you the tools to envision, produce, and finish such a film. As a documentary filmmaker, you have the means to open people's eyes and bring them into another world." So begins one of the most inspiring and informative books ever written about making films that have an impact on the world. Dorothy Fadiman, an Emmy Award Winner and an Academy Award nominee for "Best Documentary" along with Tony Levelle have divided their book into three parts: (a) Getting clear about your vision (b) Sustaining your intention as you produce the film and (c) Launching your finished movie.
The authors provide helpful advice on trusting your instincts to select a subject whose core idea will carry you through the challenges it takes to make a film. Advice on finding the key theme that helps define your project will allow you to create a more vibrant film. They discuss three of the main challenges to making a documentary film which are getting it right, getting it done and getting it out. Another helpful chapter explains preproduction and how to produce the unscripted documentary.
Fadiman and Levelle explain what it takes to create a well written proposal and they relate most poignantly that in raising money, people give money to people, not projects! Helpful advice on putting together a production team and the nuts and bolts of production are handled with the experience that 30 years of making documentaries will provide.
Interviewing, building the story, editing and feedback screenings are illustrated with helpful suggestions and practical advice. Finally, a chapter on finishing the film and how to move on to the next project are discussed. Several of the ending chapters deal with publicity and distribution. Helpful suggestions for dealing with PBS or the virtual world are included. Throughout this essential read for the serious documentarist the authors neatly tie up each chapter with key points and provide you with both the inspiration and knowledge to make your "heartfelt", serious film a reality.
Want to make a good documentary?  Jun 25, 2008
This book is a must for anyone who wants to make a socially engaged documentary. The authors have given you a step-by step plan that works. They have also covered some of the thorny issues that the socially-engaged filmmaker faces, such as ethics and privacy. Be sure to check our other books from Michael Wiese Productions series.
Written With Passion  Jun 19, 2008
When needed, Dorothy Fadiman and Tony Levelle will hold your hand, take your shoulder, or give you an encouraging hug. Just as vital, they are there to give you sensible and practical guidance from pre-production to distribution. "Producing With Passion" is a beautifully arranged assembly of creative, technical, and intuitive work strategies. Here is a film book that is realistic, optimistic, and yes...passionate! I wouldn't start a documentary project without another read.
Covers All the Bases!  Jun 14, 2008
This book has humanity, clarity, scope and vision. It is all too rare to have such seasoned professionals able to descretely break down the production process for everyone from a novice to an ace. Imagine a competitive mountain-bike athlete taking the time to kindly hunker down and adjust your training wheels before they sail on with fabulous grace to their own "personal best" finish line.

Producing With Passion maintains awareness of the prismatic process of documentary filmmaking, how thoroughly absorbing and demanding it is, and thus also how potentially rewarding. The metronomic arc of description tic-tocs back and forth from the pragmatic to the inspirational, the nuts & bolts to the social, the conflictual to the celebratory, the intellectual to the emotional, the visionary to the economic. How to stay aligned to purpose throughout all these delicious and/or demanding, unending onslaughts? The answers are here.

While reading this book, and wishing it had been available when I first worked in documentary films as writer, still photographer and co-editor, I was pleased to imagine countless others not having to re-invent the wheel, thanks to Fadiman and LaVelle's considerable expertise and generous encouragement.

I also flashed onto something director John Sayles said about how he survived some of the rougher patches of producing his fabulous feature, MATEWAN:
He and his cast and crew would take out a recording of "Beautiful Hills of Galilee," sung by West Virginia coal country native, Hazel Dickens, and be reminded by sheer dint of the song's raw authenticity why they must continue.

Similarly, I can imagine many a docu filmmaker reaching for their well-thumbed copy of Producing with Passion when they need to rekindle faith in their project, their intuition, and that heart-felt urge to continue.

Mary Trainor-Brigham is the author of DEEP CINEMA Film as Shamanic Initiation,
Publication date Autumn 2008.
Producing with Passion  Jun 12, 2008
This book gives you great insight into the role of a successful producer. Many things Dorothy points out will help you achieve your goals. She gives great insights into selecting the interviewees and building the story. I like the way the book carries you through screenings and distribution deals, which I believe are major events in the completion of the film.
Carole Dean, author, The Art of Film Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts

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