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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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Why Zach Braff's Film Going to Cannes Shows the Future of Film Financing

Why Zach Braff's Film Going to Cannes Shows the Future of Film Financing | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Colin Brown:  "Welcome to the indie world’s new arithmetic, a film financing revolution for which Braff has become the inadvertent poster-child through his committed embrace of crowdfunding" ...


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"For some reason crowd donations have come to be characterized as replacement film financing for private equity. In truth, those pledges are really another iteration of soft money, one that comes with the added bonus of indicating future audience demand [with infographic from Slated]" ...

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Tell Me Something

A photography and creative advice book from fifty of the world's best documentary filmmakers.
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A creative book for creative minds in the field of documentary filmmaking.

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Masterful Fishing Doc 'Leviathan' Presents a Fresh Take on the Nature Documentary Form

Masterful Fishing Doc 'Leviathan' Presents a Fresh Take on the Nature Documentary Form | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
There are moments in "Leviathan" so breathtaking that it's easy to forget they're also familiar. The movie could take place on another planet; instead, it peers at this one from a jarring and entirely fresh point of view.
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This type of filmmaking is right up my alley, very interesting in seeing this film when it becomes available. 

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Top 10 Posts of 2012: Filmmaking Tips to Kickstart the New Year

Top 10 Posts of 2012: Filmmaking Tips to Kickstart the New Year | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

2012 is done and gone, and the world is still standing. While there wasn’t a cosmic revolution of the Mayan-apocalyptic sort, you can start your own microcosmic revolution...

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Welcome to the Golden Age of Cinema | Cultural Weekly

Welcome to the Golden Age of Cinema | Cultural Weekly | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
There's a new Golden Age of filmmaking dawning, the author predicts, driven by new technologies, new business models, and new creative talent. Watch Sundance as as harbinger of change.
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IFP Distribution Lab Recap: The Final Frontier

IFP Distribution Lab Recap: The Final Frontier | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.
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If you are about to get to distribution on a film or just considering your options and strategy, it's worth checking out this article.  

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Sheffield Doc/Fest Podcast

Sheffield Doc/Fest Podcast | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in June. Doc/Fest is a film festival, industry session programme and market place, offering pitching opportunities, controversial discussion panels and in-depth filmmaker masterclasses, as well as a wealth of inspirational documentary films from across the globe. Over 2000 delegates attend Doc/Fest including documentary and factual producers, directors, buyers, commissioners and distributors. It is the perfect place to launch your latest documentary, pitch new ideas, meet future co-production partners and get insider tips from some of the world’s best documentary makers. It is a relaxed and friendly place to hold meetings with producers, commissioners and distributors, learn about the latest trends in production and discover new innovations and emerging talent. Passes for Sheffield Doc/Fest are now on sale at http://sheffdocfest.com/registration.
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The True\False Film Festival or How I Came to Love the Doc

The True\False Film Festival or How I Came to Love the Doc | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Held yearly around the first weekend of March, the True\False Film Festival focuses almost entirely on documentary films, typically with one or two “false” films to help it live up to its namesake. The location for the festival is Columbia, Missouri – smack dab in the middle of the state and the perfect venue. The founders, Paul Sturtz and David Wilson (also the founders of the Ragtag Cinema), still head up the event and strive to keep things feeling accessible to all lovers of film no matter how expansive the festival becomes, and growth is not in short supply.
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FCP X and the Future of Editing | Filmmaker Magazine

FCP X and the Future of Editing | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Editing is older than motion pictures. The ordering and pacing of dialogues, scenes, entrances and exits to build conflict and resolution have long defined Western theater, from Aeschylus’s Oresteia to Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung .

 

As an NLE designer today, where would you draw the line between professional and nonprofessional? Which features would you include or deny? Wouldn’t you wish to meet the high-end needs of the workplace, yet attract that vast center of the bell curve of potential users? If only to carve out the largest possible market share?

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Secrets Of Interactive Filmmaking | XHIBITOR

Secrets Of Interactive Filmmaking | XHIBITOR | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

With the amount of time we spend online it’s no surprise that traditional narratives are morphing into a more web-friendly format. Documentary filmmakers have made excellent use of the possibilities the web provides to engage audiences in a different and, often less passive, way.

 

Documentaries now often encourage viewers to find out more about a topic using interactive features, while interactive fiction projects focus on deconstructing narrative and storytelling, forging new models that allow for viewers to become part of the story. Bear in mind, this is no easy task—there is no standard formula, each story needs a unique narrative design and has to be able to adapt to the unpredictability of human behavior.

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Towards a filmmaker bill of rights for festivals – Point of View Magazine

Towards a filmmaker bill of rights for festivals – Point of View Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Sean Farnel addresses the many ironies and inequities of the contemporary film festival business and how to deal with them.

 

If you’re an independent documentary filmmaker who has sent an unsolicited submission to a film festival, and you’ve actually been selected to present your work at said festival, well, first: mazel tov! You’ve defied the odds. You’re in the ten percent. Or, more like five. Or less. You’re also probably broke. Still, lucky you.

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Great Share from Filmsourcing: FREE Production Docs

Great Share from Filmsourcing: FREE Production Docs | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

It's template time! Get yourself the free film production documents that every production needs but are surprisingly hard to find. Enjoy responsibly!


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Edelstein: How Documentary Became the Most Exciting Kind of Filmmaking

Edelstein: How Documentary Became the Most Exciting Kind of Filmmaking | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In this age of digital video, the cool kids are making docs.
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A well thought-out and written piece about the current state of documentary filmmaking. 

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Sundance Programmer Mike Plante On Going Places with Short Films

Sundance Programmer Mike Plante On Going Places with Short Films | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.
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My belief is that if your story is compelling, it doesn't matter what length your film may be. In fact, I think that short films today hold more weight with the internet being a more viable platform for shorter length content. 

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Apply! MA International Documentary Production Full-time, Part-time course | Sheffield Hallam University

Apply! MA International Documentary Production Full-time, Part-time course | Sheffield Hallam University | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

This course focuses on the core activity of documentary production companies which is project development and production financing to create ‘market ready’ packages.

 

We run the course in collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest. This is one of the UK’s leading international documentary festivals and markets, which attracts key industry decision makers, financiers, distributors and inspirational filmmakers from around the world.

 

The aim of the course is to help you to become a creative producer or director who understands how international documentary funding works. You learn to apply documentary filmmaking skills in the context of cross-platform convergent media.

 

You are taught by Northern Media School staff who are active filmmakers with a track record of excellence in their field, together with key guest speakers from Sheffield Doc/Fest...."

 


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Documenting 24 Hours In The Lives Of Transportation Workers Across the Globe

Documenting 24 Hours In The Lives Of Transportation Workers Across the Globe | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
What’s it like to be a trolley conductor in San Francisco? A taxi driver in New York City? How about a rickshaw driver in India?
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A Conversation With Thom Powers on the State of Documentary in 2012

A Conversation With Thom Powers on the State of Documentary in 2012 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Programmers occupy a unique space in the film landscape, serving as a force that both curates and supports films, while often remaining unknown to all but the most impassioned cinephiles. Given that STF Artistic Director Thom Powers has made programming documentary film his life’s work, I thought it would be interesting to get his views on the state of documentary in the year 2012. What follows is a conversation we had on December 30, 2012.
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Emma Coats on Finding, Keeping, and Nurturing Your Voice

Emma Coats on Finding, Keeping, and Nurturing Your Voice | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

This week opens with another post sharing ‘wisdom from Twitter‘, it was not my initial plan, but life is all about being reactive, isn’t it. 

 

You are probably already familiar with Emma Coats who shared a few months ago on the same account, @lawnrocket, Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules.

 

Yesterday , Coats talked about the importance of finding your voice, whether you are in or out the industry, and the difficulties and benefits that come along with it.

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Some great wisdom and insight from working in the industry.

 

Love the quote, "From outside the industry, you can only think about getting in. From inside, you only think about getting out enough to do your own thing."

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Five Things Film Festival Programmers Told Us about How They Use Crowdfunding Sites

Five Things Film Festival Programmers Told Us about How They Use Crowdfunding Sites | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
When Indiewire went to its film festival programmers to ask what they wanted filmmakers to know about how programmers use crowdfunding sites, they all wanted to make one thing clear: programmers make sure that every film that passes over their desks gets seen by someone, and they program films based on quality.
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Is social media the answer for Canada's indie filmmakers?

Is social media the answer for Canada's indie filmmakers? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A digital entrepreneur is offering $1-million and a berth on Cineplex screens to anyone with a two-minute trailer and the smarts, energy and talent to garner lots of buzz. Robert Everett-Green reports on J. Joly.
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Also worth reading, with CineCoup founder J. Joly:

 


http://www.techvibes.com/blog/canadian-entertainment-industry-losing-young-adults-2012-12-07 ;

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Changing the Face of Film Funding: Seed&Spark - Forbes

Changing the Face of Film Funding: Seed&Spark - Forbes | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Taking pen to paper and writing a great screenplay is hard enough, but securing funding to convert the dream to reality and getting the film in front of an audience represents another mountain of challenges to overcome. Seed&Spark, a film-focused crowdfunding startup based in San Francisco and Brooklyn, New York, was built to help independent filmmakers get their projects through the wilderness and into the Promised Land.

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The essential documentaries about Akira Kurosawa

The essential documentaries about Akira Kurosawa | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

The essential documentaries about Akira Kurosawa, including Chris Marker’s AK: Akira Kurosawa (A.K. ドキュメント黒澤明, 1985), Akira Kurosawa: My Life in Cinema (1993), and Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999).

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Cloud Filmmaking

Cloud Filmmaking | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In a recent blog post –  Stop Making Docs -  Brian Newman argued that the era of the short doc has arrived. With the web, shareable media, mobile exhibition, he argues, the longer and feature...

 

Brain Power, the third film in the Let it Ripple Mobile Films for Change series, is the latest creation of the film maker Tiffany Shlan.

 

Much has been said about her and what she has called “Cloud Filmmaking” (http://bit.ly/UodbV8)

An(other) example of how you can create documentaries in a participatory manner 

 

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(...) Brain Power has a remix aesthetic, heavy on archive, stills and animation. It includes sequences drawn in through crowd-sourcing; gathered, for example, by asking how people in different places imagine the brain.

 

p.s.: for those who want to read, an interesting digression regarding the point of view of Brian Newman is that of "Etsy short docs" (http://bit.ly/TEJ8KK)


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