The Open Frame Reader (Unreeling the Documentary Film)

The Open Frame Reader (Unreeling the Documentary Film)

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Book Specification

Item Code: IDF790
Author: Edited By: Rajiv Mehrotra
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8129109204
Pages: 200
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.0" X 5.9"
Weight 300 gm

Book Description

From the Back the Book:

This book is a substantially revised, enlarged and updated edition of Double Take, edited by The Raqs Media Collective.

The Open Frame Reader is an introductory collection of essays by filmmakers as well as non practitioners working on the agends of the documentary genre. It highlights the concerns and issues surrounding the creative and technological processes as well as the institutional frame work within which they operate.

Through a wonderful miscellany of imagery, analogy and personal musings, the book explores cinematography, editing, sound recording, research and the relationship of the documentary with its viewers. It foes beyond discussing technique, technology and creative construction to address issues such as censorship, copyright, dissmination and distribution.

The book includes a series of appendices which provide practical information such as listings of organizations educational institutions and readings useful to anyone who is interested in the documentary as a genre.

This readers is meant for any one interested in the genre as a potential producer or as a discerning viewer and not just for the professional filmmaker.

About the Editor:

Rajiv Mehrotra was educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and the Universities of Oxford and Columbia from where he obtained an MFA in film working with Milos Forman. He is a trustee or The Public Service Broadcasting Trust, has served on the Governing and Academic Councils of the film and Television Institute of India and as chairman of The Non fiction film Jury for the 50th anniversary of the National Film Awards. He has directed and shot more than 50 documentary films and produced some 200 of them. These films have won more than 30 Indian and international awards including 5 national awards for him from the President of India.

For over three decades he has been a familiar face on public television notably as the anchor of an in-depth one-on-one talk show. He is also secretary of the Foundation for universal Responsibility of his Holiness nominated a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World economic Forum at Davos.


Acknowledgements 3
Preface 4
PSBT Introduction 7
Getting Started
Documentary doc
Anita Roy
Playing with Flux: Constructing an Argument
Sanjay Kak
Show and Tell: The Documentary Pitch
Ranu Sharma
Can you Cut it Down? Commissioning Conversations
Ruchir Joshi
Step By Step: Making the Documentary
A Frame of Mind, Researching Documentaries
Raqs Media Collective
The Other Eye: On Documentary Cinematography
Ranjan Palit
Listening to Sound
Samina Mishra
Sync- Sound: Technology, Aesthetics and Problems
Indrajit Neogi
And Sound Tracks Merely Happen Metaphors, Mixers and Microphones
Uma Shankar
A Story of Reality: Editing Documentaries
Sameera Jain
Snakes and Butterflies: The Natural History of the Rough Cut
Ruchir Joshi
The Digital Shift
The Third Revolution
Subha Das Molick
Digital Video: A Byte for All?
Rahul Ranadive
The New D in Documentary
Trisha Das
Challenging the Documentary
Shoot, Share and Create: Challenging Censorship New Ally
Lawerence Liang
Out of Line
Ruchir Joshi
A Gamble on Liberty
Fali S. Nariman
Who Needs Distribution? Some Questions, Problems and Concerns
Gargi Sen
In search of an Audience
On Watching Documentaries
Mukul Kesavan
Life Like: Notes on Reading the Documentary
Ranu Sharma
The Hum of Conversation
Shuddhabrata Sen gupta
Teaching the Documentary
Ranu Sharma
India Quest
India's Quest: An Experiment
Rajiv Mehrotra
Talking to the Audience
Rajeev Bhargava
Contributors 160
Public Service Broadcasting Trust i
A Draft Contract and Draft Budget Formant Sample Worksheets xxiv
A Selection of Documentary Film Festivals xxv
Addresses- Organizations, Journals and Web Resources xxxi
A Select Bibliography xxxiii
Media Training Institutions in India: a Select Listing xxxvii

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