Cross-Cultural Filmmaking:
A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Videos

Ilisa Barbash + Lucien Taylor

University of California Press 1997
A book review by Danny Yee © 1998
Chapter one of Cross-Cultural Filmmaking (twenty pages) is a mini-history of styles in documentary filmmaking. Chapter two (sixty pages) considers issues of methodology, ethics, and collaboration (especially between filmmakers and anthropologists). I found these two chapters really interesting, but, being a dunderhead even with a point-and-click camera, the rest of Cross-Cultural Filmmaking was way outside my ken and I only glanced at a few sections. Part two ("Nuts and Bolts") covers the technical details of shooting, recording, and choosing equipment; part three covers preproduction, production, postproduction and distribution. Cross-Cultural Filmmaking is very much a practical handbook rather than a theoretical treatise: the goal seems to have been to provide all the information a novice filmmaker would need. It is obviously aimed at students, but would probably be useful more broadly.

January 1998

External links:
- buy from or
- details at University of California Press
Related reviews:
- more ethnography
- books about film + television
- books published by University of California Press
%T Cross-Cultural Filmmaking
%S A Handbook for Making Documentary and Ethnographic Films and Videos
%A Barbash, Ilisa
%A Taylor, Lucien
%I University of California Press
%D 1997
%O paperback, references, index
%G ISBN 0520087607
%P 555pp