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Hermine Muskat on the importance of production still photographs | The Independent

Hermine Muskat on the importance of production still photographs | The Independent | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

In their minimalism and stillness, photographs can capture the essence of a movie. They tell us the mood of the story we can expect to see unfold on screen and particular still images have become iconic in the world of cinema. Think of Jack Nicholson’s wild-eyed, unshaven, sinister grin captured by Murray Close for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, for example.

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Some very important considerations for filmmakers during production

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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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"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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Jody Shapiro Interview for Burt's Buzz (2013)

Jody Shapiro Interview for Burt's Buzz (2013) | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Director Jody Shapiro on 'Burt's Buzz,' the Man in the Burt's Bees Logo and How Isabella Rossellini Spawned the Film.
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Five Questions with Elena Director Petra Costa | Filmmaker Magazine

Five Questions with Elena Director Petra Costa | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

In the astounding and lyrical Elena, Petra Costa charts the journey of her charismatic, troubled older sister from their youth in Brazil to their year abroad in New York, where Elena is consumed by her pursuit of an acting career. Juggling found footage, voiceovers, interviews, and visual metaphors with effortless aplomb, Elena maintains the utmost intimacy despite the far-reaching chronology and geography of its subject.

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CLOUDS interactive documentary

CLOUDS interactive documentary | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

CLOUDS is an interactive documentary exploring artists who create open source tools for creative expression.

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CLOUDS is an interactive, generative, documentary that allows the viewer to explore different perspectives on the intersection of code and culture. Filmed using a new 3D cinema format called RGBD and created entirely with opensource software, CLOUDS uses a data-driven “story engine” to present an endless, ever-changing conversation.

It explores themes of creativity and invention, interactive art, simulation, computational design, data visualization, and the future of storytelling.

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Reality Checks: When Will Cannes Embrace Docs Like the World's Other Major Film Festivals?

If the French event represents the most distinguished showcase on the planet for the most cutting-edge talents in international cinema, shouldn't it be more receptive to the rising tide of documentary and hybrid nonfiction forms?
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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

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How to Win an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature (or At Least Have a Shot at It)

How to Win an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature (or At Least Have a Shot at It) | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Documentary producers discuss the race to the Academy Awards at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014.
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It seems to me that under the new voting system, more commercially viable films have a better shot at winning the award than their more experimental or controversial counterparts.

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Gan Gan by Gemma Green-Hope | Short Film

Gan Gan by Gemma Green-Hope | Short Film | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Gemma Green-Hope celebrates the life of her grandmother by telling the story of her colourful life in this powerful and evocative short film 'Gan-Gan'
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Beautifully animated stop-motion documentary about a loving grandmother. 

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Twenty Eight Feet | Short Film

Twenty Eight Feet | Short Film | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A short documentary about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50 year old wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap
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Having grown up on the East Coast, and learning to sail as a kid, this film really speaks to me. I've always wanted to go on a long-distance sailing adventure somewhere. It's a beautifully shot film that takes you there.

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Valley of Dolls | Short Film

Valley of Dolls | Short Film | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
An elderly Japanese woman repopulates her small village with lifesized dolls modeled after people who died or left the valley.
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A very intimate portrait of a Japanese doll-maker and the valley she inhabits with her hauntingly life-like art. 

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