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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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The dark side of docs: Are poorer times ahead for Canadian documentary producers?

The dark side of docs: Are poorer times ahead for Canadian documentary producers? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Documentary production in Canada has dropped 21 per cent in five years, spurred in large part by dwindling interest from broadcasters
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Hot Docs turns twenty

Hot Docs turns twenty | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Hot Docs is THE doc fest in North America - how can it improve on twenty years of amazing work?
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A look back at the history of Hot Docs and some take away thoughts about its future.

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Get Your Film on TV: PBS Series POV Releases ‘For Filmmakers’ Resource - nofilmschool

Get Your Film on TV: PBS Series POV Releases ‘For Filmmakers’ Resource - nofilmschool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
You want to make a documentary, and you know how Ken Burns did it, so you google NEH grant. Four hours go by. Who knew it took eleven steps to sign up to
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Great resource for filmmakers.

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Zoom Announces H6 Audio Recorder, Modular Big Brother to the H4N and Serious Tool for Filmmakers - nofilmschool

Zoom Announces H6 Audio Recorder, Modular Big Brother to the H4N and Serious Tool for Filmmakers - nofilmschool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
If you've been shooting video with DSLRs for the past couple of years, chances are you also own, or have at least used the Zoom H4N. It's one of those devices
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The Web Documentary Manifesto

The Web Documentary Manifesto | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

I. It is time to bring storytelling and storytellers to the web!

II. It is time to turn the web into an interactive audiovisual medium made by everyone.

III. It is time, fellow comrades, for a REVOLUTION

 

The web documentary is the vanguard


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Here it is! Jesse Shapins and James Burns from Zeega at TFI Interactive 2013

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With One Day to Prepare, Krisp Films Brings Us ‘Paradise City’: a Documentary About Love & Happiness on the Streets - nofilmschool

With One Day to Prepare, Krisp Films Brings Us ‘Paradise City’: a Documentary About Love & Happiness on the Streets - nofilmschool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Filmmaker, editor, and creator of Krisp Films, Kriston Johnson granted a short interview to nofilmschool about his project, Paradise City: a short documentary
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Winners of 3 Min Filmmaking Contest Pull $200,000 | Chase Jarvis Blog

Winners of 3 Min Filmmaking Contest Pull $200,000 | Chase Jarvis Blog | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
GE's Focus Forward film contest winners create some spectacular 3 min films on some mind-bending concepts - gets my juices flowing. Well worth the watch.
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These are some incredible stories and the videos are equally exceptional. Some of the best work I've seen and I really like the three minute format. It's a perfect fit for the story and visuals, driving home the message behind these great works and projects.

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Closing NAB 2013 Thoughts: Why Adobe Anywhere is the Only Tool That Will Actually Make You a Better Filmmaker | FilmmakerIQ.com

Closing NAB 2013 Thoughts: Why Adobe Anywhere is the Only Tool That Will Actually Make You a Better Filmmaker | FilmmakerIQ.com | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Simply explained- Adobe Anywhere is a private editing cloud that enables film/video businesses to collaborate on the same project, accessing same assets and media, from anywhere that has a robust internet connection.


But the key to the Adobe Anywhere concept is how Adobe approaches the idea of collaboration. I spent an hour at NAB 2013 chatting with Michael Coleman, Senior Product Manager overseeing Adobe Anywhere, throwing all sorts of workflow questions at him to see where the gotcha was. But it became clear that this wasn’t a tagged on service – Adobe Anywhere is the opening salvo in a new way of thinking about collaboration and editing.

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Collaboration is the key, and Adobe Anywhere will have a huge impact on businesses and filmmakers going forward.

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It’s Official: Introducing Blackmagic 4K & Pocket Cinema Cameras for $4K and $1K - nofilmschool

It’s Official: Introducing Blackmagic 4K & Pocket Cinema Cameras for $4K and $1K - nofilmschool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Official word has just dropped from last night's exciting announcement leak of two new cameras from Blackmagic Design: The 4k Production Camera and the Pocket Cinema Camera.

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With the release of the Pocket Cinema Camera and updates to the BMCC into 4k, it'll be tough for the Digital Bolex to compete. 

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The Documentary to Lose Sleep Over: A Journal of Insomnia at Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes | Culturadar

The Documentary to Lose Sleep Over: A Journal of Insomnia at Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes | Culturadar | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

 It’s 2:37am. You are fast asleep. Your phone rings. It’s a wakeup call. You’re not in a hotel. You’re in the comfort of your own home, being woken to watch a documentary. The documentary isn’t in a movie theater. It’s on your computer. You flip open your laptop and discover an insomniac from another part of the world sharing her story.

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"A Journal of Insomnia is one of five projects in Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes, which highlights innovative new media projects with cross-platform approaches to storytelling. Sandy Storyline, Robots in Residence, The Exquisite Forest, and Star Wars Uncut, The Empire Strikes Back join A Journal of Insomnia as part of this innovative program in its inaugural year."

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EXCLUSIVE: San Francisco Film Society Launches New Digital Distribution Lab A2E

EXCLUSIVE: San Francisco Film Society Launches New Digital Distribution Lab A2E | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
On the brink of announcing the full lineup of the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society has exclusively revealed to Indiewire a new plan for a series of labs designed to help filmmakers release their films...
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Apple aims to win over video editors

Apple aims to win over video editors | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The backlash over Apple's redesign of Final Cut Pro video editing software two years ago was so severe that even slashing the price by $700, to $299, caused an uproar.
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Professional editors have been precarious about adopting Apple's Final Cut Pro X, especially when competitors like Adobe and Avid have very robust non-linear editing software readily available. I must admit, I've had the same doubts about FCP X, but since its release it has made great strides in meeting the needs of professional editors. For one thing, I find it's a much faster program and when it comes to time spent editing, anything that helps to speed up the process is a blessing.

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Doc Soup: Should Aspiring Documentary Filmmakers Go To Film School? | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

Doc Soup: Should Aspiring Documentary Filmmakers Go To Film School? | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Doc Soup Man Tom Roston tackles the age-old question with input from self-taught filmmaker Matt Morris, professional doc director Brent Huffman, and Jan Krawitz, the head of Stanford's documentary MFA program.
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Why Documentary Profiles Should Have Had Their Own Section at Tribeca

Why Documentary Profiles Should Have Had Their Own Section at Tribeca | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Why not give the documentary profiles their own space to shine?
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A look at some of the great films in this year's festival.

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Here come the girls: A new documentary follows nine girls around the world in their quest to get schooling

Here come the girls: A new documentary follows nine girls around the world in their quest to get schooling | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
You might not have heard of Yasmin, Amina, Senna, Suma, Azmera, Sokha, Wadley, Ruksana and Mariama, but it’s likely that you’re aware of the women who narrate their stories: Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys,...
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GH2 sensor goes into impressive Panasonic G6, adds 1080/60p and focus peaking! | EOSHD.com

GH2 sensor goes into impressive Panasonic G6, adds 1080/60p and focus peaking! | EOSHD.com | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The Panasonic G6 has been announced and to be honest it is a bit of a surprise, culling very little in the way of features from the GH3 and quite possibly taking video to new levels on a mid-range camera.
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Could Nikon be about to enter digital cinema market? | EOSHD.com

Could Nikon be about to enter digital cinema market? | EOSHD.com | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Today sees the announcement of a new DSLR sensor from one of Nikon's recent sensor supplier's Aptina which has a headline spec of 4K video at up to 80fps.

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Digital Bolex: NAB 2013 Recap, by Elle Schneider (7 Videos)

Digital Bolex: NAB 2013 Recap, by Elle Schneider (7 Videos) | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Posted by Elle Schneider on April 15, 2013 • 


"Hey everyone! It’s been a busy few days in Bolex land. We got back from Vegas on Thursday night, and we’re already back in the office fielding phone calls and meetings. For those of you who weren’t able to get out to NAB this year, I thought it would be fun to do a quick recap of our experience.

 

(...) We also spent a few hours with our fellow CinemaDNG users Ikonoskop, IndieCam, Blackmagic Design, The Foundry, and others at the CinemaDNG Developers meeting, where I was finally able to show off the new CinemaDNG Initiative website (going live around IBC in September) that I’ve been working on all year.  I was voted Vice Chair, working with the re-elected Chair, Peter from Ikonoskop, so for the next year I get to be at the forefront of getting CinemaDNG into the hands of the masses, which is very exciting."

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digitalbolex.com


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HBO: Documentaries | Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington | Home

HBO: Documentaries | Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington | Home | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

  Shortly after the release of his documentary Restrepo, photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya. Colleague and filmmaker Sebastian Junger traces Hetherington's work across the world's battlefields to reveal how he transcended the boundaries of image-making to become a luminary in his profession.

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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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‘Bending Steel’ Director Dave Carroll and Producer Ryan Scafuro on the Brotherhood of Strong Men | Tribeca

‘Bending Steel’ Director Dave Carroll and Producer Ryan Scafuro on the Brotherhood of Strong Men  | Tribeca | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Dave Carroll and Ryan Scafuro, the team behind ‘Bending Steel,’ recall the first time they met Chris “Wonder” Schoeck and how they became experts on one of Coney Island’s most beloved traditions.
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Canon Prosumer Cameras Finally Reach 1080P at 60FPS with the XA20, XA25, and HF G30 - nofilmschool

Canon Prosumer Cameras Finally Reach 1080P at 60FPS with the XA20, XA25, and HF G30 - nofilmschool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
With NAB just days away, Canon has announced not one, not two, but three new camcorders to their prosumer line. The XA20 and XA25 are a followup from their 2011
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A great camera for low-budget documentary filmmakers and independent videographers.

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The Supraflux Video Camera Stabilizer

Super smooth footage and complete control of your camera with the electronic pan axis lock
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This looks amazing. Any filmmaker or videographer should be jumping at the chance to get one, just wish I could afford it.

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10 Lessons Josef Koudelka Has Taught Me About Street Photography

10 Lessons Josef Koudelka Has Taught Me About Street Photography | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
FRANCE. 1987 © Josef Koudelka / Magnum Photos To me, Josef Koudelka is one of the most brilliant photographers out there and a true master of black and white.
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Some incredible images and thoughts behind Josef's creative process. A great resource for photographers and cinematographers alike to develop their own methods. 

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Review of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Micro Four Thirds, by Philip Bloom

Posted by Philip Bloom on March 29, 2013 • 

 

(...) "Yesterday I received the MFT version from Blackmagic to BETA test. So yes, this is not the final version, so anything I pick up on here could change when it is released. When that is I don’t know. The trickle of EF cameras has been painful. My order, which I put in back in April when it was announced, came into stock mid February! So hopefully production has ramped up a lot and will continue to because personally, I think this is a better camera than the EF version. Why? Watch my review (...)! After the video there are some additional thoughts from me.

 

Glass used for the test shooting was the Voigtlander 25 and 17mmm F0.95 (links below) and the SLR MAGIC  35mm F1.4 and 50mm F0.95."

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Read more on PhilipBloom.net


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I've been waiting for this version of the BMCC to come out and am glad to see that early reviews are positive. The flexibility you get with the EF mount just makes it that much better.

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