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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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Chasing Ice—And Audience Action: How Top Docs Galvanize Causes Online

Chasing Ice—And Audience Action: How Top Docs Galvanize Causes Online | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

The makers of docs in contention for Oscar nominations talk about activating audiences after they leave the theater.

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Chasing Ice is a beautifully shot film and the results of James Balog's work are profound.

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More New Year’s Resolutions for Filmmakers | Filmmaker Magazine

More New Year’s Resolutions for Filmmakers | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

In 2011 on New Year’s Day I posted “New Year’s Resolutions for Filmmakers” — 10 items filmmakers could embrace to improve their practice and thought for the year ahead.

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Looking for the Latest Deals on Filmmaking Equipment? Slidoo Will Help You Find Them - NoFilmSchool

Looking for the Latest Deals on Filmmaking Equipment? Slidoo Will Help You Find Them - NoFilmSchool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

4/3 Rumors has been a neverending resource on all the official and unofficial news in the Micro 4/3 world, including information on price drops and sales on cameras and lenses. Now Ale -the site’s creator- has started a new venture called Slidoo; a website with a simple and slick interface that helps you find the filmmaking equipment (or pretty much anything else) you need at the price you want. Click through to check out how the site works and what it can do for you.

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The Heart of Storytelling: The American Red Cross Lets Real People Tell Their Stories

The Heart of Storytelling: The American Red Cross Lets Real People Tell Their Stories | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A New Yorker whose home was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, a Michigan teenager whose Red Cross CPR training helped him save a man’s life, an Oklahoma family who lost their home in a tornado.
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IFP Distribution Lab Recap: The Final Frontier

IFP Distribution Lab Recap: The Final Frontier | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.
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If you are about to get to distribution on a film or just considering your options and strategy, it's worth checking out this article.  

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Martin Scorsese Loves Canon, but Proves You Should Choose the Right Camera for the Job - NoFilmSchool

Martin Scorsese Loves Canon, but Proves You Should Choose the Right Camera for the Job - NoFilmSchool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

As digital cameras get better and better, it’s becoming less about specs and a lot more about what specific cameras can do for you in certain situations. For example, you may need a small camera for a particular shoot, and other times, that small camera might not be good enough or might not give you acceptable image fidelity if the project requires something more heavy-duty.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest Podcast

Sheffield Doc/Fest Podcast | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in June. Doc/Fest is a film festival, industry session programme and market place, offering pitching opportunities, controversial discussion panels and in-depth filmmaker masterclasses, as well as a wealth of inspirational documentary films from across the globe. Over 2000 delegates attend Doc/Fest including documentary and factual producers, directors, buyers, commissioners and distributors. It is the perfect place to launch your latest documentary, pitch new ideas, meet future co-production partners and get insider tips from some of the world’s best documentary makers. It is a relaxed and friendly place to hold meetings with producers, commissioners and distributors, learn about the latest trends in production and discover new innovations and emerging talent. Passes for Sheffield Doc/Fest are now on sale at http://sheffdocfest.com/registration.
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One Day on Earth: Participate in this Historic, Global Film Trilogy

One Day on Earth: Participate in this Historic, Global Film Trilogy | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
If you one had one day to document any thing on Earth for future generations to learn from, what would it be? If you knew people in every country in the world were answering that question on the same day, how would it effect your choice?

Join One Day on Earth on Wednesday 12/12/12, for an amazing media event occurring in every country in the world to create a geo-tagged archive and feature film. On this day, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voices. Together, we will create a shared archive and a film.
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The True\False Film Festival or How I Came to Love the Doc

The True\False Film Festival or How I Came to Love the Doc | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Held yearly around the first weekend of March, the True\False Film Festival focuses almost entirely on documentary films, typically with one or two “false” films to help it live up to its namesake. The location for the festival is Columbia, Missouri – smack dab in the middle of the state and the perfect venue. The founders, Paul Sturtz and David Wilson (also the founders of the Ragtag Cinema), still head up the event and strive to keep things feeling accessible to all lovers of film no matter how expansive the festival becomes, and growth is not in short supply.
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A decade of the DFP

A decade of the DFP | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

As 2012 draws to a close, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund’s (DFP) 10th anniversary celebrations are winding down, but not before one last recognition. Ahead of the International Documentary Association Awards tonight, where the DFP will receive the Pioneer Award, director Cara Mertes tells realscreen about the growth the program has had in its 10 years of existence.

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Oscars 2013: Seven on Seven

Oscars 2013: Seven on Seven | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences having unveiled the Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary Feature earlier this week, realscreen presents interviews with seven of this year's shortlisted directors.
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Changing the Face of Film Funding: Seed&Spark - Forbes

Changing the Face of Film Funding: Seed&Spark - Forbes | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Taking pen to paper and writing a great screenplay is hard enough, but securing funding to convert the dream to reality and getting the film in front of an audience represents another mountain of challenges to overcome. Seed&Spark, a film-focused crowdfunding startup based in San Francisco and Brooklyn, New York, was built to help independent filmmakers get their projects through the wilderness and into the Promised Land.

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Cinematographer Style - 110 of the world’s top cinematographers

Cinematographer Style - 110 of the world’s top cinematographers | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

110 of the world’s top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do. Cinematographer Style is about the Art and Craft of Cinematography. It is about how everything, from life experiences to technology, influences and shapes an individual’s visual style. Because of the powerful impact that the visual style of a movie can have, this documentary may offer contemporaries valuable insights into the dramatic choices Cinematographers make. And, it is expected that the material will have significant historic value as well.

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Anthony Mathis's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:03 PM

This is worth checking out!

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A Conversation With Thom Powers on the State of Documentary in 2012

A Conversation With Thom Powers on the State of Documentary in 2012 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Programmers occupy a unique space in the film landscape, serving as a force that both curates and supports films, while often remaining unknown to all but the most impassioned cinephiles. Given that STF Artistic Director Thom Powers has made programming documentary film his life’s work, I thought it would be interesting to get his views on the state of documentary in the year 2012. What follows is a conversation we had on December 30, 2012.
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WFTV’s top 5 women in documentary filmmaking to look out for in 2013 | DocGeeks

WFTV’s top 5 women in documentary filmmaking to look out for in 2013 | DocGeeks | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Here at Women in Film and Television (UK) we love a good documentary! Especially because it’s a genre of filmmaking in which women excel. So, when DocGeeks asked us to choose 5 female documentary filmmakers who, over the last year, have inspired us and whose future work we are looking forward to seeing in years to come, we jumped at the opportunity! Here’s what we came up with…

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Minecraft: The Story of Mojang: The Kotaku Review

Minecraft: The Story of Mojang: The Kotaku Review | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
You've heard it a million times already. How Minecraft is not just some little game about surviving the night and making stuff, but a major milestone for the entire medium.
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Matt Hawkins: "More than anything else, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang is accessible, which is its greatest success (and Indie Game: The Movie's greatest failure). Yes, it preaches to the choir, just as vocally as IG:TM did. But the key difference here is how you can actually show this documentary to someone who has zero familiarity of video games and they will become invested."

 

While I don't necessarily agree with Matt's opinion of IG:TM, that it is a failure in any sense, I do agree that in order to watch IG:TM you do need somewhat of a familiarity with video games. That being said, it did well by its intended audience and remains just as much relevant in revealing the world of independent video games and its developers. 

 

My favourite quote from this article comes from commenter D540:

 

"Minecraft is what Lego should have been, but has never been (I'm talking about the video games, not the toys)"

 

For me, and many others my age, Lego was great for sparking my imagination as a kid. The fact that they failed to bring the same sense of wonder and playfulness to video games has been disappointing. It just seems like Lego has cut out the imaginative aspect from its core and replaced it with brand products and characters from popular fiction. 

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How Social Media and Viral Marketing are Saving the Film Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Social Media and Viral Marketing are Saving the Film Industry [INFOGRAPHIC] | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Anita Li:  "An infographic reveals how the film industry is using social media and viral marketing to compensate for declining ticket sales."


Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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In applying this to documentary filmmaking, I think the "Varied Monetization" section to be particularly interesting. As most documentary films don't have a very long or wide release in theatres, exploring other venues for splitting up the rights to your project may prove to be a more successful and lucrative option for most independent filmmakers. 

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, December 19, 2012 11:24 PM

Another great infographic.

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:38 PM

Awesome infographic to show how the declining film industry is fighting back!

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, December 23, 2012 11:23 PM

Gr8 Infographics on how Documentary films are using Technology

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Emma Coats on Finding, Keeping, and Nurturing Your Voice

Emma Coats on Finding, Keeping, and Nurturing Your Voice | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

This week opens with another post sharing ‘wisdom from Twitter‘, it was not my initial plan, but life is all about being reactive, isn’t it. 

 

You are probably already familiar with Emma Coats who shared a few months ago on the same account, @lawnrocket, Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules.

 

Yesterday , Coats talked about the importance of finding your voice, whether you are in or out the industry, and the difficulties and benefits that come along with it.

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Some great wisdom and insight from working in the industry.

 

Love the quote, "From outside the industry, you can only think about getting in. From inside, you only think about getting out enough to do your own thing."

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A Woman in Film

A Woman in Film | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
We are the make-up girls, the wardrobe department and script supervisors. We are the rarely seen grip and often over-looked director. We write and produce and design and dress.
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Thanks for sharing my blog!
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Kūpuna: An interactive documentary

Kūpuna documents the small Hawaiian town of La'ie through the experiences and collective memories of its elderly, indigenous residents.

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There are so many stories from our elders that tell of a time past that can really give context to our own family roots and habits. I think that recording these stories to share with future generations is one of the most important things we can do as documentarians, filmmakers and storytellers. It is the tradition of passing on oral stories and histories, but with current and new technologies we are able to take that experience to the next level; offering more engagement with subjects and audiences than ever before. 

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i-Docs's curator insight, December 13, 2012 9:59 AM

This new interactive documentary needs funding - can you help them out?

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Five Things Film Festival Programmers Told Us about How They Use Crowdfunding Sites

Five Things Film Festival Programmers Told Us about How They Use Crowdfunding Sites | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
When Indiewire went to its film festival programmers to ask what they wanted filmmakers to know about how programmers use crowdfunding sites, they all wanted to make one thing clear: programmers make sure that every film that passes over their desks gets seen by someone, and they program films based on quality.
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Is social media the answer for Canada's indie filmmakers?

Is social media the answer for Canada's indie filmmakers? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A digital entrepreneur is offering $1-million and a berth on Cineplex screens to anyone with a two-minute trailer and the smarts, energy and talent to garner lots of buzz. Robert Everett-Green reports on J. Joly.
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Also worth reading, with CineCoup founder J. Joly:

 


http://www.techvibes.com/blog/canadian-entertainment-industry-losing-young-adults-2012-12-07 ;

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Exploring Transmedia at the IDFA DocLab | Filmmaker Magazine

Exploring Transmedia at the IDFA DocLab | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

It’s been more than a week since IDFA, but I can’t stop thinking about their DocLab program, a competition section showcasing “new and unexpected forms of digital documentary storytelling.” This program presents new non-fiction transmedia projects, each allowing the viewer to interact with the reality the filmmakers have documented and constructed. Most of the projects were presented in screenings or in talks at the excellent DocLab Interactive Documentary Conference. In addition, each was presented on their own computer monitors in the DocLab’s gallery space.

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FCP X and the Future of Editing | Filmmaker Magazine

FCP X and the Future of Editing | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Editing is older than motion pictures. The ordering and pacing of dialogues, scenes, entrances and exits to build conflict and resolution have long defined Western theater, from Aeschylus’s Oresteia to Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung .

 

As an NLE designer today, where would you draw the line between professional and nonprofessional? Which features would you include or deny? Wouldn’t you wish to meet the high-end needs of the workplace, yet attract that vast center of the bell curve of potential users? If only to carve out the largest possible market share?

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MediaShift Idea Lab - Pop Up Archive Breathes New (Media) Life into Dusty Archives | PBS

MediaShift Idea Lab - Pop Up Archive Breathes New (Media) Life into Dusty Archives | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

When we talk about the changing face of media on the web, archiving isn't generally the first subject to come up. As we were beginning Pop Up Archive, we grappled with the fact that it's hard to show the vibrant, innovative side of archiving. Historically, archives have been hands-off; this was necessary to preserve the artifacts. But digital artifacts can easily be shared: All you need is a will and the web.

 

We started this project because we believe in the power of voices from the past and in the importance of preserving those voices.

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