Documentary Storytelling, 4th edition: Creative Nonfiction on Screen

By Sheila Curran Bernard
Focal Press, 2016

Since its initial publication in 2003, Documentary Storytelling has reached filmmakers and filmgoers worldwide with its unique focus on the most important and cost-effective tool of nonfiction filmmaking: storytelling. This practical guide reveals how today’s top filmmakers bring the tools of narrative cinema to the world of nonfiction film and video without sacrificing the rigor and truthfulness that give documentaries their power.The book offers practical advice for producers, directors, editors, cinematographers, writers and others seeking to make ethical and effective films that merge the strengths of visual and aural media with the power of narrative storytelling. Translations are available in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Polish and Portuguese.

In this new, updated edition, Emmy Award-winning author Sheila Curran Bernard offer new strategies for analyzing and understanding documentary work and new conversations with filmmakers including Stanley Nelson (The Black Panthers), Kazuhiro Soda (Mental), Orlando von Einsiedel (Virunga), and Cara Mertes (JustFilms), along with those previously held with Susan Kim (Imaginary Witness), Deborah Scranton (The War Tapes), Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), and James Marsh (Man on Wire).