Calling all documentary fans
Get this carefully curated selection of interviews
With this ebook, discover how some of the most talented documentary directors from around the world, each with different (and sometimes conflicting) approaches and opinions, approach their work.
It will change how you think about documentaries and whether there’s any “right” way to make them.
Preview the ebook for free
Read excerpts from In Their Own Words: Documentary Masters Vol. 1 here:
Why we wrote the book
About Documentary Masters Vol. 1
If you want to understand, soup to nuts, how documentaries come to life, this book is for you. You’ll get specific insights into the craft and philosophy of filmmaking from a wide range of critically acclaimed filmmakers — and learn things about filmmaking that you haven’t seen written down elsewhere.
Inside, Frederick Wiseman breaks down his editing process; Alanis Obomsawin re-imagines documentary as a means of listening; and Joshua Oppenheimer discusses the use of magical realism in processing “unresolved trauma.”
Over and over, we drop you into the minds of some of today’s most influential documentarians, and, with our eBook exclusive foreword, we equip you to put these perspectives in conversation and share in their wisdom.
Inside In Their Own Words: Documentary Masters Vol. 1
In Their Own Words: Documentary Masters Vol. 1 is divided into four chapters:
Chapter One: Creative nonfiction
Chapter Two: Political Cinema
Chapter Three: Frederick Wiseman
Chapter Four: Gianfranco Rosi
Praise for In Their Own Words: Documentary Masters Vol. 1
About the authors
Alex is the Editor-in-Chief of Seventh Row. She is fascinated with how documentarians approach their subjects and are constantly innovating within creative nonfiction.
Elena is an Associate Editor at Seventh Row. She is fascinated by how cinematographers work and think and has been instrumental in starting our Behind The Lens series. Elena wrote the final chapter, in which she interviews cinematographer Joshua James Richards.
Brett is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education, focusing on how films can create empathy. He is a regular contributor to Seventh Row and a fan of Alanis Obomsawin’s wide-ranging work.