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An Inside View on Documentary Stories

An Inside View on Documentary Stories | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Mentoring and workshops have helped give local photographers, in Egypt and around the world, the time and resources to document their society's issues with the delicacy and insight that might go unnoticed by foreigners.
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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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Werner Herzog on Creativity, Self-Reliance, Making a Living of What You Love, and How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality

Werner Herzog on Creativity, Self-Reliance, Making a Living of What You Love, and How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
"If your project has real substance, ultimately the money will follow you like a common cur in the street with its tail between its legs."
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Some thoughts from Herzog on following your dreams and making a living.

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A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely seen footage, including extraordinary shots of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italians fighting high up in the Alps, the half hour film explores the war and its effect from many different perspectives. Watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi.
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Very immersive short form interactive documentary from The Guardian.

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Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, August 18, 10:45 AM

Un argomento "d'attualitù" come esempio di webdoc ben fatto

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The Best of Photojournalism - August 2014

The Best of Photojournalism - August 2014 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
TIME's Mikko Takkunen curates the best from photojournalists and documentary photographers
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Dear John Grierson: A Postscript to The Story of Film (rough cut) | Sight & Sound

Dear John Grierson: A Postscript to The Story of Film (rough cut) | Sight & Sound | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Sight & Sound asked me to make a short film about the wrongs of the documentary canon – which, as I argue in the September 2014 issue, has been essentially Atlanticist for generations now, lacking the bridge-builders between East and West who helped stretch the fiction film canon from the 1950s onwards. When we began cutting the movie, I realised we were going to need a bigger boat, so I am now hoping to turn it into a perhaps three-hour postscript to my 15-hour The Story of Film: An Odyssey.
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Happy Christmas Director Joe Swanberg on the Financial Life of the Independent Filmmaker | Filmmaker Magazine

Happy Christmas Director Joe Swanberg on the Financial Life of the Independent Filmmaker | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

“Transparency benefits everybody.”

That’s Joe Swanberg, whose recommended Happy Christmasopens today, talking about distribution dealmaking, but he might just as well have been talking about all aspects of his career and financial life. Indeed, Swanberg is nothing but transparent in this long interview with producer, director and ArtHome founder Esther Robinson focused specifically on making a living as a writer/director — precisely the subject most directors won’t issue a comment on. 

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"The piece was about how you could be an Oscar-nominated filmmaker everyone thinks is mega-successful but you really took that call from the Academy while working your day job at Home Depot. Last issue she wrote "Cash Poor, Creativity Rich," about adapting to an economic environment where there's no money. This issue she followed up with the filmmakers in that "Glamorous Life" piece to find out how their lives, artistic priorities and financial plans have changed."

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Are 'Pay What You Want' Film Bundles the Future of Indie Film Distribution? « No Film School

Are 'Pay What You Want' Film Bundles the Future of Indie Film Distribution? « No Film School | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

With technology advancing so quickly, and with the internet’s supreme dominion over our entire lives, distribution doesn’t look anything like it did in the past. In this day and age, independent filmmakers have to find creative ways to not just get their work out there into the ether, but to find an audience somewhere within it. Using VOD platform VHX, film strategy company Bond/360 is now experimenting with a “distribution and filmmaker collaboration” that offers award-winning films in a bundle and allows moviegoers to pick the price they want to pay for it. The directors of Indie Game: The Movie, Sign Painters, and Beauty is Embarrassing weigh in on their experience.

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This is already happening with a lot of other independent media industries such as video games, books, and comics through such services as Humble Bundle. It'll be interesting to see how many follow this model of distribution.

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Maidentrip (2013) Movie Review

Maidentrip (2013) Movie Review | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Maidentrip is a documentary about Laura Dekker, who holds the record for youngest person to sail solo around the word.
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From the article: 

 

"Maidentrip is, along with recent films Only the Young, 12 O’Clock Boys and Medora, part of a new breed of nonfiction teen movies that acutely tap into the true heart and soul of that age better than any fiction filmmakers are doing right now. Specifically here, that time is an exploration, paralleled with a physical analogy of both triumph and inconclusiveness in the spirit of not only growing up but also growing outward."

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Doc Makers Need to Stop Worrying About Oscar Qualification

Doc Makers Need to Stop Worrying About Oscar Qualification | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The latest controversy over the Documentary Feature category of the Academy Awards is that smaller films are being shut out.
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"A Twisted Industry": Reality TV Workers Are Really Fed Up

"A Twisted Industry": Reality TV Workers Are Really Fed Up | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Reality television can seem exciting and glamorous. Working on reality television, much less so. As the following stories from "professionally abused" insiders show, reality TV workers will continue to be beaten down as long as they have no union to defend them.
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The "reality" behind the scenes of the factual entertainment business.

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Robert Gardner Dies at 88; Filmed Cultural Practices

Robert Gardner Dies at 88; Filmed Cultural Practices | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Mr. Gardner’s career took him around the world to observe societies and film their rituals and customs.
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“It is a Long Journey”: DPs Emre Erkmen and Wojciech Staroń in Conversation | Filmmaker Magazine

“It is a Long Journey”: DPs Emre Erkmen and Wojciech Staroń in Conversation | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Cinematographers are the best whores in the world.

 

Christopher Doyle, the award-winning Australian cinematographer behind In the Mood for Love and Hero, sincerely believed this. He echoed this thought to Michael Ballhaus, the German cinematographer who shot Goodfellas andGangs of New York, when the two met at a panel in Berlin. (Ballhaus agreed.)

 

Several such anecdotes and beliefs on the art of photography were revealed when Turkish cinematographer Emre Erkmen hosted Wojciech Staroń, his Polish counterpart, for a conversation at the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival earlier this year. Staroń recently worked on Papusza, a black-and-white Polish biopic about the first Roma poet ever to write her poems down. The film won the Audience Award at the 2013 Thessaloniki Film Festival, and netted Staroń a cinematography honor too.

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The Jump | Short Film

The Jump | Short Film | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In 1980, with a healthy mix of imagination, balls and roughly-remembered Newtonian physics, a Kiwi bloke jumped off a bridge and started a worldwide phenomenon.
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A short doc on the birth of a worldwide phenomenon. 

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A Masterclass in Handheld Camera Operating from 'Place Beyond The Pines' DP Sean Bobbitt « No Film School

A Masterclass in Handheld Camera Operating from 'Place Beyond The Pines' DP Sean Bobbitt « No Film School | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

At last month’s Cameraimage festival in Poland, Bobbitt conducted a truly excellent hour and a half workshop about handheld camera operating. For camera operators and DPs alike, this is a must-see workshop.

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Some great tips for camera operators and DPs alike on set and out in the field.

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Detroit: Evolution of a City

Detroit: Evolution of a City | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Detroit: Evolution of a City is an interactive look at the growth, decline, and revival of the city of Detroit through historic and present-day pictures.
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Do Activist Documentaries Really Make a Difference? Hot Docs Weighs in with This Report

Do Activist Documentaries Really Make a Difference? Hot Docs Weighs in with This Report | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
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A doc by any other name: explore 4 types of documentary films - NFB/blog

A doc by any other name: explore 4 types of documentary films - NFB/blog | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Explore 4 types of documentary films, and watch some that are streaming free online. What type is your favourite?
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The Creative Media Institute: A New Wave of Documentary Filmmakers (and Ken Burns) Fuels Hampshire College’s Revived Seminar Series « Doc Soup

The Creative Media Institute: A New Wave of Documentary Filmmakers (and Ken Burns) Fuels Hampshire College’s Revived Seminar Series « Doc Soup | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

As you read this, there are about a dozen students, mostly undergrads and few older types, who are being subjected to what might be the most dynamic and inspiring documentary tutelage ever mustered in a summer month outside of Sundance, Utah. It’s happening on the leafy hills of the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts under the auspices of The Creative Media Institute at Hampshire College, which has created a four-week summer program being taught by an all-star team of talent.

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In-Depth, Not Imbedded: Al Jazeera America's Docs Eschew Points of View | International Documentary Association

In-Depth, Not Imbedded: Al Jazeera America's Docs Eschew Points of View | International Documentary Association | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

On August 20, 2013, with a click of the remote, American households were able to get their news and commentary from a new venue: Al Jazeera America. Starting a new channel in an already overcrowded cable news scene seemed risky, but the high quality programming soon silenced the naysayers. The day it launched, Al Jazeera America aired Fault Lines: Made in Bangladesh, about American retailers turning a blind eye to the dangerous practices of overseas subcontractors. The following day came Fault Lines: Haiti in a Time of Cholera, which examined the post-earthquake epidemic that decimated the survivors. Both of those episodes won Peabody Awards this year.

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Great interview with Al Jazeera America's senior vice president for shows and documentaries, Shannon High-Bassalik, about how it differs from other channels that air docs.

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A Fragile Relationship – Point of View Magazine

A Fragile Relationship – Point of View Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Maintaining objectivity while profiling a subject is one of the most problematic tasks for a documentary filmmaker. How do they do it?
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Archive Masterclass: Making “Let the Fire Burn”

Archive Masterclass: Making “Let the Fire Burn” | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
University professor-turned-filmmaker Jason Osder (pictured) discusses the legal and technical challenges that arose during the more than 10 years he spent making his all-archival doc debut Let the Fire Burn.
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New Film Profiles NYC’s Greatest Street Photographers

New Film Profiles NYC’s Greatest Street Photographers | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Being a street photographer is a bit like conducting a drunk symphony: You must make order of chaos. Only a few photographers do it well, and many of them appear in Cheryl Dunn’s film, Everybody Street, which chronicles the street photography of New York City.
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Some stunning photos of NYC street photography along with the stories from those who took them.

Check out the film here, Everybody Street: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/everybodystreet/70639661

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Living Like Kings | Short Film

Living Like Kings | Short Film | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The Christchurch Earthquake left the majority of its population devastated, but for a small group of homeless people, disaster brought about new and luxurious living opportunities - a taste of what it’s like to live like a king.
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Another short doc piece from New Zealand's Loading Docs.

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Godfrey Reggio Interview for Visitors (2013)

Godfrey Reggio Interview for Visitors (2013) | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

If Godfrey Reggio‘s films were already pushing the line on what constitutes documentary, his latest is the most difficult to defend to purists yet. Titled Visitors, the film is not only a narrative- and argument-free work comprised of people’s (and a gorilla’s) faces in slow motion and landscapes depicted with time-lapse photography, it also utilizes a lot of post-production special effects that alter those natural images completely.Is this even nonfiction? There are cyborgs on screen. There are computer-generated shots of the moon, as we look upon Earth from the orbiting satellite. We expect docs teetering towards the avant-garde from the director of the Qatsi trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi), but this entirely black and white feature is an especially experimental endeavor. And depending on how you wish to view it, the result works or doesn’t. Just like any piece of art.

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Missed the chance to see this in theatres. Looking forward to seeing it on blu-ray.

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Shake it - a modern Polaroid love story

Shake it - a modern Polaroid love story | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A radio documentary that takes a tender look at two modern instant photo technologies, Polaroid and digital photography.
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Doc/Fest 2014: an insider's view of the Crossover Market - i-Docs

Doc/Fest 2014: an insider's view of the Crossover Market - i-Docs | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Every edition of Sheffield’s Doc/Fest is different, but for me this year was particularly special because I came with two hats: my usual i-doc observer one, and my new i-doc director/producer one. In other words: this year I presented a project to the Crossover Market and got selected. So, together with Mike Robbins from Helios Design Labs and Sarah Arruda, I presented Digital Me, a project in its infancy.


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A very interesting look at the Crossover Market with emphasis on being a participant. Here's some quick take aways I found insightful:

 

1. On pitching your project - "It is a re-iterative process where you keep what seems to work and you change what does not feel right – you are concept testing though the eyes of the commissioning editors."

 

2. On user testing - " test your concept with your target audience."

 

3. An observation on the structure of the Crossover Market - " How much are we all victims of our own professional contexts, and therefore reiterating the old rather than inventing the new? ...

 I am wondering if a market for interactive narrative should not include more coders, designers and creative technologists that think, breath and speak in a non-linear world."

 
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Every edition of Sheffield’s Doc/Fest is different, but for me this year was particularly special because I came with two hats: my usual i-doc observer one, and my new i-doc director/producer one. In other words: this year I presented a project to the Crossover Market and got selected. So, together with Mike Robbins from Helios Design Labs and Sarah Arruda, I presented Digital Me, a project in its infancy... Sandra Gaudenzi's insiders view of this years Sheffield Doc/Fest Crossover Market