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The Open Frame Reader (Unreeling the Documentary Film)
The Open Frame Reader (Unreeling the Documentary Film)
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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.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements 3
Preface 4
PSBT Introduction 7
Getting Started
Documentary doc
Anita Roy
13
Playing with Flux: Constructing an Argument
Sanjay Kak
20
Show and Tell: The Documentary Pitch
Ranu Sharma
24
Can you Cut it Down? Commissioning Conversations
Ruchir Joshi
27
Step By Step: Making the Documentary
A Frame of Mind, Researching Documentaries
Raqs Media Collective
35
The Other Eye: On Documentary Cinematography
Ranjan Palit
48
Listening to Sound
Samina Mishra
54
Sync- Sound: Technology, Aesthetics and Problems
Indrajit Neogi
57
And Sound Tracks Merely Happen… Metaphors, Mixers and Microphones
Uma Shankar
63
A Story of Reality: Editing Documentaries
Sameera Jain
74
Snakes and Butterflies: The Natural History of the Rough Cut
Ruchir Joshi
81
The Digital Shift
The Third Revolution
Subha Das Molick
87
Digital Video: A Byte for All?
Rahul Ranadive
98
The New D in Documentary
Trisha Das
102
Challenging the Documentary
Shoot, Share and Create: Challenging Censorship New Ally
Lawerence Liang
107
Out of Line
Ruchir Joshi
115
A Gamble on Liberty
Fali S. Nariman
118
Who Needs Distribution? Some Questions, Problems and Concerns
Gargi Sen
124
In search of an Audience
On Watching Documentaries
Mukul Kesavan
130
Life Like: Notes on Reading the Documentary
Ranu Sharma
136
The Hum of Conversation
Shuddhabrata Sen gupta
142
Teaching the Documentary
Ranu Sharma
146
India Quest
India's Quest: An Experiment
Rajiv Mehrotra
152
Talking to the Audience
Rajeev Bhargava
157
Contributors 160
APPENDIX
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

The Open Frame Reader (Unreeling the Documentary Film)

Item Code:
IDF790
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2006
Publisher:
Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN:
8129109204
Language:
English
Size:
9.0" X 5.9"
Pages:
200
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Weight of the Book: 300 gms
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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.

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements 3
Preface 4
PSBT Introduction 7
Getting Started
Documentary doc
Anita Roy
13
Playing with Flux: Constructing an Argument
Sanjay Kak
20
Show and Tell: The Documentary Pitch
Ranu Sharma
24
Can you Cut it Down? Commissioning Conversations
Ruchir Joshi
27
Step By Step: Making the Documentary
A Frame of Mind, Researching Documentaries
Raqs Media Collective
35
The Other Eye: On Documentary Cinematography
Ranjan Palit
48
Listening to Sound
Samina Mishra
54
Sync- Sound: Technology, Aesthetics and Problems
Indrajit Neogi
57
And Sound Tracks Merely Happen… Metaphors, Mixers and Microphones
Uma Shankar
63
A Story of Reality: Editing Documentaries
Sameera Jain
74
Snakes and Butterflies: The Natural History of the Rough Cut
Ruchir Joshi
81
The Digital Shift
The Third Revolution
Subha Das Molick
87
Digital Video: A Byte for All?
Rahul Ranadive
98
The New D in Documentary
Trisha Das
102
Challenging the Documentary
Shoot, Share and Create: Challenging Censorship New Ally
Lawerence Liang
107
Out of Line
Ruchir Joshi
115
A Gamble on Liberty
Fali S. Nariman
118
Who Needs Distribution? Some Questions, Problems and Concerns
Gargi Sen
124
In search of an Audience
On Watching Documentaries
Mukul Kesavan
130
Life Like: Notes on Reading the Documentary
Ranu Sharma
136
The Hum of Conversation
Shuddhabrata Sen gupta
142
Teaching the Documentary
Ranu Sharma
146
India Quest
India's Quest: An Experiment
Rajiv Mehrotra
152
Talking to the Audience
Rajeev Bhargava
157
Contributors 160
APPENDIX
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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