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Get Close: Lean Team Documentary Filmmaking
by Rustin Thompson

Now available from Oxford University Press 

In this book, I encourage new and veteran filmmakers to make artistically rewarding documentaries at a fraction of the runaway costs of making these films today. The book helps you learn the skills to take creative risks, to find your authorial voice, and to spend less time making each film so you can make more films. This book emboldens you to pursue documentary filmmaking for the joy of it.

“Smart, to the point and full of important info.  It will be helpful for all kinds of filmmakers – those starting out or those wanting to change their practice. A great book.” 

Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director, Women Make Movies

 

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A River Below

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