As Alan Rosenthal states in the preface to this new edition of his acclaimed resource for filmmakers, Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos is â€śa book about storytellingâ€”how to tell great and moving stories about fascinating people, whether they be villains or heroes.â€ťÂ In response to technological advances and the growth of the documentary hybrid in the past five years, Rosenthal reconsiders how one approaches documentary filmmaking in the twenty-first century. Simply and clearly, he explains how to tackle day-to-day problems, from initial concept through distribution. He demonstrates his ideas throughout the book with examples from key filmmakersâ€™ work.Â New aspects of this fourth edition include a vital new chapter titled "Making Your First Film," and a considerableÂ enlargement of theÂ section for producers, "Staying Alive," which includes an extensive discussion of financing, marketing, festivals, and distribution. This new edition offers a revised chapter on nonlinear editing, more examples of precise and exacting proposals, and the addition of a complex budget example with explanation of the budgeting process. Discussion of documentary hybrids, with suggestions for mastering changes and challenges, has also been expanded, while the â€śFamily Filmsâ€ť chapter includes updated information that addresses rapid expansion in this genre.