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Guest Post: A Rising Tide: Women in Independent Documentary Production

Guest Post: A Rising Tide: Women in Independent Documentary Production | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
As a documentary director and producer, I am surrounded by women working and thriving in the entertainment industry. The documentary realm has long had a
reputation for being more open to female-led productions.
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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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Interview: Paul Almond on Starting the 'Up' Series

Interview: Paul Almond on Starting the 'Up' Series | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
50 years ago, Canadian filmmaker Paul Almond began the Up series when he interviewed a bunch of young children for an episode of World in Action.
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The Keys To A Successful Documentary Pitch from Hot Docs Pitch Forum 2014

The Keys To A Successful Documentary Pitch from Hot Docs Pitch Forum 2014 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Here are some highlights from the 15th Annual Hot Docs Forum and tips about how to best pitch your documentary project.
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Documentaries About Subjects Who Don't Want to Be Subjects

Documentaries About Subjects Who Don't Want to Be Subjects | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

The new documentaries 'Finding Vivian Maier' and 'The Unknown Known' raise the question of whether they ought to be focusing on people who don't want to be in the spotlight. For the former it's more of an ethical dilemma regarding a deceased subject, and for the latter it's a question of the value in a film that is unable to get underneath the surface of its subject.

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Friederike Anders's curator insight, April 30, 3:10 AM

ein ethisches Dilemma des Dokumentarfilms - der unwillige Protagonist...

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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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i-Docs's curator insight, June 17, 3:40 AM

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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Interview: Joe Berlinger on 'The System'

Interview: Joe Berlinger on 'The System' | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
We talk to Joe Berlinger, whose new series 'The System' premieres on Al Jazeera America this Sunday night.
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A look at Joe Berlinger's new series on the American Justice system as well as working in the world of nonfiction television.

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An Intimate Portrait of an Eccentric Sci-Fi Doc: Behind the Scenes of 'The Immortalists' « No Film School

An Intimate Portrait of an Eccentric Sci-Fi Doc: Behind the Scenes of 'The Immortalists' « No Film School | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

How many dimensions do you need to tell a story about the most potentially life-altering breakthroughs of the future — science that might let you live forever? After shooting about a third of production in 3D, the filmmakers behind The Immortalists decided to scrap a stereoscopic shoot and opt instead for the intimacy of DSLR, a cerebral world of animation, and an experimental sound design based on water, clocks, and the internal organs of a fish. Below we interview co-directors David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, along with their sound designer Peter Albrechtsen about their film that premiered at SXSW and is showing next week at HotDocs. Hit the jump to hear about anything from the schizophrenic nature of editing to recording bugs in windowsills.

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Hot Docs: Advice from the Masters on Finding Your Documentary Voice

Hot Docs: Advice from the Masters on Finding Your Documentary Voice | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
How do filmmakers express and evolve their creative vision in a film or through a body of work? At Hot Docs 2014, Margaret Brown, Barbara Kopple and John Zaritsky explore what it takes to create a distinct cinematic voice that speaks through the work itself.
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