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Trailer Mechanics: A Guide to Making Your Documentary Fundraising Trailer

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In order to raise money to make a documentary, it is essential to produce a trailer that will capture the imagination and confidence of grant-makers and investors. "Trailer Mechanics" guides the filmmaker step-by-step through the entire process of making such fundraising trailers.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 28th 2005 by magafilms (first published January 2005)
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Nicola Lees
Dec 30, 2012 Nicola Lees rated it really liked it
This book (I read the 2nd Edition) is ostensibly about how to make a short trailer that you can use to persuade TV commissioning editors, grantors and other investors to give you money so you can make a full-length documentary, but it's actually much more than that.

The book combines analysis of what makes a good pitch trailer work, with interviews with industry professionals (myself included) and a sheaf of worksheets that you are encouraged to fill in / cut out / pin next to your computer. It
Jun 02, 2009 Bella rated it liked it
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Fernanda Rossi is the Queen of the documentary, I acknowledge that. She has worked on some of my favorite documentaries. But this book didn't help me as much as I thought it would, since I was in the process of making a documentary trailer for fundraising purposes. She spends a lot of time asking you, the filmmaker, about your "motivation" and "commitment" and idea of "success". Perhaps she is doing this to narrow the field a little, but I personally didn't need any of that psychological ...more
Steev Hise
Apr 08, 2009 Steev Hise rated it really liked it
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I just took a workshop from this author and it was great, so i'm looking forward to reading this.
btw, for any filmmakers in san francisco, she's going to be there this weekend giving the same workshop. i highly recommend it. day 1 is about documentary story structure, day 2 is about making fundraising trailers.
Jun 19, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Should you wake up and find yourself thinking, "I want to make a documentary!", you should read this book. It's sobering. After you've read it, if you still want to make a documentary, then you probably should :)
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