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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
Curated by Justin Nalepa
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Blackfish - Official Trailer

https://www.facebook.com/BlackfishFilm - Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black and white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?

Shocking, never before seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

In Theatres 07/19 from Magnolia Pictures.
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It's not surprising to find such cruel behavior happening behind closed doors.  Our relationship with nature has always had a dark side, we can only hope we learn from our mistakes and that this awareness helps to further our understanding of what our place should be in nature. 

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Kafka, meet Orwell: peek behind the scenes of the modern surveillance state

Kafka, meet Orwell: peek behind the scenes of the modern surveillance state | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Journeyman Pictures' short documentary "Naked Citizens" is an absolutely terrifying and amazing must-see glimpse of the modern security state, and the ways in which it automatically ascribes guilt to people based on algorithmic inferences, and, having done so, conducts such far-reaching surveillance into its victims' lives that the lack of anything incriminating is treated of proof of being a criminal mastermind.

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William Uricchio on Playing with Narrative | Open Documentary Lab at MIT

William Uricchio on Playing with Narrative | Open Documentary Lab at MIT | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

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"Interactive documentaries come in many different forms, some of their textual structures adhering rather closely to long established narrative traditions; others, explicitly taking the form of mini-narratives that the user can move among and link;

and still others offering rich if disaggregated possibilities to the motivated participant, who can connect the dots into a narrative experience.

Some projects (Alma: A Tale of Violence [Miquel Dewever-Plana & Isabelle Fougère, 2012] is a strong case; Bear 71 [Jeremy Mendes & Leanne Allison, 2012], a weaker one) are essentially retellings of past events and lead inexorably to certain fixed conclusions, despite the fact that users may navigate multiple the routes to that end state. These forms share qualities of the traditional narrative (a definite story arc based on past events, a narrator), even as they encourage excurses and wandering.

Others (Planet Galata – A Bridge in Istanbul [Florian Thalhofer & Berke Bas, 2010] and Question Bridge: Black Males [Johnson, Thomas, Smith and Sinclair, 2012]) require the user to wander and navigate at their own pace, exploring the spaces, characters and issues that they find interesting.

The makers have made choices about what to include and offer structures to help shape and lend coherence to the user experience, but there is no preordained conclusion or story arc other than that conjured up by the user."


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mirmilla's curator insight, June 10, 2013 3:22 PM

A new and interesting analysis of William Uricchio starting with the big question of what constitutes the narrative up to the "ways to rethink the place of imagination in the domain of the non-fictional".

Very inspiring.

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Future Learning Short Documentary

Students are the future, but what's the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolutionize what it means to learn. Education innovators like Dr. Sugata Mitra, visiting professor at MIT; Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy; and Dr. Catherine Lucey, Vice Dean of Education at UCSF, are redefining how we engage young minds for a creatively and technologically-advanced future. Which of these eduvators holds the key for unlocking the learning potential inside every student?

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The Most Moving Doc of the Summer

The Most Moving Doc of the Summer | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Uganda has come under intense international scrutiny for a yet-to-be-passed bill that, at one point in its drafting, would have made homosexuality punishable by death. It remains one of the most antigay countries in the world. Which makesCall Me Kuchu, a documentary by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall that follows a close-knit community of LGBT Ugandans, so remarkable, engrossing, and important.
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La Duce Vita: Interactive Documentary explores Mussolini's Native City. Darjeeling Productions

La Duce Vita: Interactive Documentary explores Mussolini's Native City. Darjeeling Productions | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

La Duce Vita: Interactive Documentary explores Mussolini's Native City. Darjeeling Productions


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XYEYE's curator insight, June 6, 2013 12:13 PM

"we love transmedia storytelling!"

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Add Movement To Your Time-Lapse Clips While Keeping Your Camera Still: Panolapse

 

 


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A great tool to take your static timelapse clips even further. 

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Fabio Gaist's comment, June 4, 2013 4:28 AM
Smart, cheap and cool. Thanks Robin!
Fabio Gaist's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:30 AM

Ideal in situation where you don't have the right rig with you

Robin Good Italia's comment, June 4, 2013 1:23 PM
Thank you Fabio.
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Visual Storytelling Tour

The Daytime Cinematography Workshop provides an on-set learning experience, giving you a behind-the scenes look at the process I use in my filmmaking.  I’ll show you how I deal with working in a fast turn-around environment like Saturday Night Live while still delivering my best work, so that you can do the same no matter what you shoot— from commercials, movies and documentaries to weddings, corporate videos and live events.
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Great opportunity for any filmmakers looking to get some first-hand training on cameras and the methods behind visual storytelling in today's industry. 

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Apps for the Photojournalist

Apps for the Photojournalist | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

"[we discovered] that apps can help journalists see, explore, and report on the world in new and exciting ways. So while we did find one app that is a great example of how to do storytelling in the 21st century; many of the other apps we loved were tools designed for everyone, not just journalists. They all work great 'out of the box' but our challenge to photojournalists everywhere is to 'hijack' these tools; remix the technology to enhance your own storytelling and to make your media more social."


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mirmilla's curator insight, May 22, 2013 4:26 PM

Apps which also help the documentary filmmaker cousins.

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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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Now and Then: Remarkable New Doc 'La Camioneta,' a Masterful Miniature (TRAILER)

Now and Then: Remarkable New Doc 'La Camioneta,' a Masterful Miniature (TRAILER) | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Spotsylvania County, Virginia and Queztal City, Guatemala are separated by nearly 3,000 miles of road, and by what would seem, at first, an unbridgeable cultural distance.
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Exclusive: Ted Hope's A2E Labs End With Vimeo, Gravitas, Tugg and More Offering Discounts, Consultations and Other Services to Participating Filmmakers

Exclusive: Ted Hope's A2E Labs End With Vimeo, Gravitas, Tugg and More Offering Discounts, Consultations and Other Services to Participating Filmmakers | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The inaugural edition of the San Francisco Film Society's A2E: Artist to Entrepreneur program ran during the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival and attempted to tackle head-on issues of economic sustainability for independent filmmakers...
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Love what Ted Hope is doing for the indie filmmaking community. Hopefully more people will take notice and do the same.

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Review: Provocative Doc 'We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks' Is Essential Immediate Viewing

Review: Provocative Doc 'We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks' Is Essential Immediate Viewing | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Titles can be sticky, none moreso than “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.” The “we” mentioned could be speaking in first-person perspective in regards to the muckracking online collective, which helped power the biggest security breach in government history. Then again, is the story of WikiLeaks anything other than our story? The story of anyone online who’s ever wanted to know more, who ever wanted to remove the veil of secrecy? If anything, director Alex Gibney might have shot himself in the foot: he could never begin to grasp the magnitude of our collective societal curiosity that has helped bring down walls during the current administration.
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Also, great interview with director Alex Gibney via Collider:

 

http://collider.com/alex-gibney-we-steal-secrets-wikileaks-interview/

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From Out of the Wreckage, A Future Rights Model

From Out of the Wreckage, A Future Rights Model | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Film distribution is broken. Ask any producer who has ever felt that the amount they get for their work seems paltry compared to what others are making. For that matter, Peter Broderick has been saying this for years at SPAA Fringe.

 

There are lots of online film distribution platforms duking it out in the nascent VoD space. From the behemoths like iTunes and Amazon Instant to YouTube and Vimeo, to any number of small players trying to carve out a spot in the world. Andy Green’s Distrify is one of the ones actually making it work.

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A look a film distribution models in VoD market

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The woman behind the NSA scoops

The woman behind the NSA scoops | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Laura Poitras is "one of the bravest and most brilliant people I've ever met," Glenn Greenwald tells Salon

 

By now, we know the revelations about U.S. government surveillance published in the Guardian and the Washington Post in the past week have the same source, Edward Snowden. And despite what Politico, in typically overheated fashion, is calling a “feud” between reporters at the two news organizations, they share something else: the involvement of award-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.

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Netflix Streaming Deals for Documentary Filmmakers — Some Numbers | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

Netflix Streaming Deals for Documentary Filmmakers — Some Numbers | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
How much do you think a documentary filmmaker earns for a film streaming on Netflix?
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Finally: A Guide for Journalists to Navigate Fair Use of Copyrighted Material | Mediashift | PBS

Finally: A Guide for Journalists to Navigate Fair Use of Copyrighted Material | Mediashift | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Last year, a former student contacted me to ask if her news outlet, a network affiliate, could use a video clip from a Comedy Central show to introduce a segment about election-year campaign spending.  The purpose of the segment was to comment on the show’s many attempts to raise awareness of the rules that govern such spending.

 

And, last month, a former student contacted me to ask if his news outlet, an online startup with a hyperlocal focus, could embed a federal government report on the outlet’s website. The purpose of the embedding was to enable readers to review for themselves the evidence for a claim and then draw their own conclusions.

 

The journalists were worried about copyright infringements, and they wondered if the “fair use” doctrine would protect them. (It allows people in limited circumstances to use copyrighted works without permission or payment.) In the first case, I told the journalist that she would be protected because of how and why she used the work, and in the second case, I told the journalist that the fair use doctrine was irrelevant because works prepared by the federal government generally are not copyrightable.

I have these talks pretty often with clients and former students (note to self: do a better job of teaching copyright law), and the reason is straightforward: Many public communicators, including journalists, struggle to apply the fair use doctrine in their daily work. They seek legal counsel, and sometimes they ask what other journalists would do in the same or similar circumstances.

 

Enter: the “Set of Principles in Fair Use for Journalism,” released Friday at a TEDx event at the Poynter Institute. It was prepared by the Center for Social Media and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University, with support from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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Great resource for journalists and documentary filmmakers alike.

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Five Takeaways from “The Future of Documentary Storytelling” | POV Blog | PBS

Five Takeaways from “The Future of Documentary Storytelling” | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Abi Wright shares her notes from the recent discussion hosted by ONA-NYC and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in May.
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Rise of the Eco-Warriors: Cathy Henkel interview | SBS Film

Rise of the Eco-Warriors: Cathy Henkel interview | SBS Film | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
In her newest film, documentary filmmaker Cathy Henkel confronts the issue of deforestation. (Interview with Rise of the Eco-warriors director Dr Cathy Henkel on SBS!
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The Enclave: A Powerful Documentary on The Congo Shot Entirely on Infrared Film via petapixel.com

The Enclave: A Powerful Documentary on The Congo Shot Entirely on Infrared Film via petapixel.com | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

A few years ago we shared photographer Richard Mosse‘s unique infrared imagery that he had shot in The Democratic Republic of Congo for his series Infra. Taking advantage of an old type of Kodak film called Aerochrome, he infused new color into this war-torn and often forgotten part of the Earth.

 

Now he’s taken that project a step further by creating a documentary film called The Enclave. Shot entirely on 16mm Aerochrome film, the footage reveals both the unseen infrared bouncing off of the vegetation, and this too-often unseen “ongoing humanitarian disaster.”

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The Essential List of Festivals and Online Eligibility | Short of the Week

The Essential List of Festivals and Online Eligibility | Short of the Week | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Short of the Week—Watch, review, & discuss The Essential List of Festivals and Online Eligibility.
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CASE STUDY: BURN | Film Independent

CASE STUDY: BURN | Film Independent | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

BURN is a feature documentary about Detroit, told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters, who are charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead. Directed and produced by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, the film premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Real great case study of distributing your film yourself. It's incredibly difficult to manage with such a small team, but it's possible if you have a strong story and supporting community behind it.

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Arnau Gifreu Castells on Documentaries and Digital Media, Part 2 | Open Documentary Lab at MIT

Arnau Gifreu Castells on Documentaries and Digital Media, Part 2 | Open Documentary Lab at MIT | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

In this series we focus on analyzing the two main parts that constitute the interactive documentary field: the documentary genre and interactive media. In these articles we trace the evolutions of both the documentary and digital medium, and examine the significant ways they intersect. Our aim is to link moments of innovation in the documentary genre and storytelling in general with technological experiments, inventions and pioneering concepts in the digital field....


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looking for link  to Part 1!

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How Lenses Assist in Storytelling for Filmmakers | Hurlbut Visuals

How Lenses Assist in Storytelling for Filmmakers | Hurlbut Visuals | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The lens’ traits can help tell your story. The look and feel of lenses, their characteristics of color and contrast rendition, are all relevant factors.
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10 Filmmaking Sites You Should Be Reading

10 Filmmaking Sites You Should Be Reading | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
We've rounded up the best online video production and filmmaking resources. Check out the leading sites for equipment reviews, tutorials and video production tip/tricks.
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