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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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Do Film Festival Awards Matter? by Sheri Candler - MovieMaker Magazine

Do Film Festival Awards Matter? by Sheri Candler - MovieMaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
To the fledgling filmmaker, any kind of award from a jury of their peers or an enthusiastic audience matters a great deal.
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It seems to largely depend on your target audience.

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Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Seed & Spark? Comparing Crowdfunding Platform Success Rates When It Comes to Film Projects

Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Seed & Spark? Comparing Crowdfunding Platform Success Rates When It Comes to Film Projects | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Filmmakers have a growing number of choices when deciding which crowdfunding platform, if any, to use.
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A look at the numbes for crowdfunded filmmaker projects.

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WATERMARK Trailer [HD]: Mongrel Media

In Canadian Theatres October 11th 2013 Opens in Toronto September 27th 2013 Following their triumph with Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtyns...
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Sneak Peek of The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years

Sneak Peek of The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Mark your calendars! In what promises to be one of those fantastic photo exhibitions you won't want to miss, Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles wi…
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Very interested in the documentary to be produced:

 

"There will even be an original documentary commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography and produced by Arclight Productions that profiles six world renowned photographers, some of whose work you've seen right here like Joel Sartore andMartin Schoeller. Through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, the film will "offer insights into the creation of inspiring images that reveal the unseen, unknown and unexpected layers of our world."

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Time Magazine Branches Out Into Documentary Films

Time Magazine Branches Out Into Documentary Films | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A new unit called Red Border Films will produce one 10-minute film a month, with longer projects planned twice a year.
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This is great news. Hopefully more magazine and news outlets will follow suit. 

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Blind Photographer Pete Eckert Describes How He Sees and Captures the World

Blind Photographer Pete Eckert Describes How He Sees and Captures the World | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
When Pete Eckert found out he was going to lose his sight to retinitis pigmentosa 27 years ago, he was well on his way to becoming an architect, receiving acceptances from graduate programs.
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Camera-Trap Images Offer a One of a Kind Look at Life on the Serengeti

Camera-Trap Images Offer a One of a Kind Look at Life on the Serengeti | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, University of Minnesota researcher Ali Swanson has captured millions of photos of the animals of the Serengeti thanks to hundreds of camera traps set up as part of a project called Snapshot Serengeti.
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I'm all for the unobtrusive approach that camera traps offer for documenting wildlife.

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Theatrical is Dead – Long Live Theatrical: Events, Experiences, Scarcity & The Age of Abundance

Theatrical is Dead – Long Live Theatrical: Events, Experiences, Scarcity & The Age of Abundance | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Part 3 of How to Make Money in the Age of Abundance By Jon Reiss Theatrical is Dead Long Live Theatrical. The holy grail of a theatrical release still rings as a delusion for many.  Fighting words still for untold thousands of filmmakers.
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Some great ideas from Jon Reiss on live theatrical screenings of your works.

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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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Indiewire recommends Digital Cinema Tools' Pinterest Board

Indiewire recommends Digital Cinema Tools' Pinterest Board | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Posted by Paula Bernstein on July 24, 2013 • 

 

FILMMAKER TOOLKIT: 10 Pinterest Boards Filmmakers Should Be Following

 

"Most of us think of Pinterest as the place to go for recipes, inspirational quotes or fashion tips. But, filmmakers are increasingly turning to the social media platform to fund and promote their projects. Pinterest is also a great resource for filmmakers to easily access everything from production tips, information about festivals and funding resources. Click the titles below to visit the Pinterest boards."

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Digital Cinema Tools on Pinterest


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Wondered how I could use Pinterest...

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Nice one ;)
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Six Reasons Why DVDs Still Make Money -- And Won't Die Anytime Soon

Six Reasons Why DVDs Still Make Money -- And Won't Die Anytime Soon | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Hollywood and the media have written off the DVD -- but in point of fact it's still a multi-billion-dollar business with a lot of life left in it.
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SeaWorld’s Unusual Retort to a Critical Documentary

SeaWorld’s Unusual Retort to a Critical Documentary | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
SeaWorld Entertainment began an aggressive public pushback against the new documentary “Blackfish,” which makes the case that orca whales in captivity suffer physical and mental distress.
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The controversy and public pushback just draws more attention to the subject, thereby increasing the chances of the film being seen by the mainstream public. Not a good strategy for SeaWorld, but great for the filmmakers.

 

More here from @indiewire : http://www.indiewire.com/article/seaworld-unleashes-8-assertions-about-blackfish-and-filmmakers-respond

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Video essay: The essay film – some thoughts of discontent

Video essay: The essay film – some thoughts of discontent | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

"I cannot recall how the term ‘video essay’ came to be the adopted nomenclature for the ever-increasing output of online videos produced over the past few years by an ever-growing range of self-appointed practitioners (including myself).

My own entrance into this field was an organic synthesis of my backgrounds as a film critic and a filmmaker, two modes that had competed with each other in my mind until I started to pursue the possibilities of critically exploring cinema through the medium itself.

This practice is readily possible in an age when digital technology enables virtually anyone with a computer (not even a video camera, as images are overly abundant and accessible) to produce media with nearly as much ease as it is to consume it."

by Kevin B. Lee


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mirmilla's curator insight, July 17, 2013 9:40 AM

What a nice article! The essay film still exists, indeed .. perhaps it is more alive than ever.

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Tribeca Hacks Takes On Documentaries | Tribeca Film Institute

Tribeca Hacks Takes On Documentaries | Tribeca Film Institute | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Our trip to Chicago leads to the creation of some impressive projects.

 

from TFI Blog

 

"In June, our Digital Initiatives department headed over to Chicago to hold their latestTribeca Hacks event. This one, titled <Data/Docs>, was a three-day hackathon in partnership with Kartemquin Films and the University of Chicago for documentary filmmakers, technologists and academics to think outside the box and immerse themselves into data-driven storytelling."


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A great hackathon. Check [by clicking] what interesting projects had been involved:

- How To Build A School In Haiti

- Almost There

- The Area

- Raising Bertie

- All The Queen’s Horses

- Declare Home

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What I Learned About Filmmaking From Watching 28 Documentaries in Five Days | TVMole

What I Learned About Filmmaking From Watching 28 Documentaries in Five Days | TVMole | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
At IDFA in 2012, I spent five (glorious but sometimes bruising) days watching documentaries. Some of those films were great but many weren't.
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Lots of sound advice here.

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Interview: 'Cutie And The Boxer' Director Zachary Heinzerling On Documentary Vs. Narrative, The Influence Of '70s New York City & More

Interview: 'Cutie And The Boxer' Director Zachary Heinzerling On Documentary Vs. Narrative, The Influence Of '70s New York City & More | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
This year has seen an unusually large amount of excellent documentaries make the scene, and one of the very best, "Cutie and the Boxer," opens this weekend (here's our review).
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UNSPEAK

UNSPEAK | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Based on British journalist Steven Poole´s intriguing book of the same name, Submarine Channel presents Unspeak, an interactive documentary investigating the manipulative power of language.
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Docutopia #59: The U.S. Provincialism that Makes Foreign Docs Disappear | SUNDANCE NOW

Docutopia #59: The U.S. Provincialism that Makes Foreign Docs Disappear | SUNDANCE NOW | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Lately a number of prominent film critics have trumpeted the prowess of American documentary filmmaking. The loudest of these, David Edelstein’s lengthy springtime salvo “How Documentary Became the Most Exciting Kind of Filmmaking,” argued the medium wasn’t “just good for you these days.” In fact, he wrote, “It’s incredibly sexy.” But Edelstein’s story and much of the focus around the new “documentary renaissance” ignores the creative potency of foreign-made nonfiction. In Edelstein’s entire 2,600-word story, he doesn’t mention a single foreign documentary, only briefly name-checking French filmmaker Chris Marker.

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The Pixel Painter

Hal Lasko, better known as Grandpa, worked as a graphic artist back when everything was done by hand. His family introduced him to the computer and Microsoft Paint long after he retired.

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Great story and fantastic artwork. I love the quote from the poem: "I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree."

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Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher on Facts, Interpretations and ‘Off Label’ | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher on Facts, Interpretations and ‘Off Label’ | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The directors of the new documentary Off Label chat with journalist Tom Roston about their film and the "New Doc Vague."
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Love this analogy, I find it so true in my own editing process:

 

"I like to compare making a documentary film to going on an archaeology dig, where along the way you find some bones, but you don’t find them all. When you build up the skeleton and put it on display at the museum, it manages comes to life for the viewer if it is put together with care, even though it may be missing more than a few pieces. That’s kind of magical to me, inferring the whole from just a few pieces. Missing pieces are incredibly troublesome when editing a film together, but they can be a great gift, as they tend to lead you down an unexpected road to a solution to the problem at hand. So many variables paint you into a corner when you make a documentary, but you always have to find a way to paint yourself out. I like that particular challenge quite a bit."

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Is Seed&Spark Ushering in the Future of Filmmaking? Emily Best Responds to Your Comments « nofilmschool

Is Seed&Spark Ushering in the Future of Filmmaking? Emily Best Responds to Your Comments « nofilmschool | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Now, we all know that the film industry is changing fast, and it seems everybody and their baby mama is coming out with platforms proclaiming that the revolution will be digitized. With all the noise surrounding the release parties, focus groups, festival workshops and futurist film consultants, it can be difficult to separate the viable revenue streams from the hype.

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Great Q&A with Seed&Spark Founder Emily Best. It's interesting to see that even in today's digital community, word of mouth is still the best way to get someone to see your work.

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Crowdfunding 201: Jon Reiss Puts (Your) Money Where His Mouth Is

Crowdfunding 201: Jon Reiss Puts (Your) Money Where His Mouth Is | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

There’s a couple of voices we mention from time to time here at “Crowdfunding 201″, for better or worse. Names that have sort of become adjectives in the crowdfunding lexicon. There’s Seth Godin, who we aren’t really fond of, and there’s Nate Silver, who we’re very fond of. There’s some notable campaigns we talk about from time to time. And then there’s Jon Reiss.

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Heroines of Cinema: The 10 Most Exciting Young Female Directors in the World Today

Heroines of Cinema: The 10 Most Exciting Young Female Directors in the World Today | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
This week, the British Film Institute released statistics revealing that a mere 14 feature films were directed by women in the UK last year, compared to 164 by men.
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Netflix to Expand Beyond Series Into Original Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials

Netflix to Expand Beyond Series Into Original Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Netflix is moving to mimic HBO even more closely: The Internet streaming service's execs said they will widen the original programming beyond TV series to include documentaries as well as stand-up ...
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This is amazing news! Netflix already features a great selection of current docs, to know that they're expanding into original docs is a huge gain for the documentary industry.

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Interview: Joshua Oppenheimer | FilmComment

Interview: Joshua Oppenheimer | FilmComment | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
“What are you doing making a film about genocide if it’s not really disturbing?”
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An interview with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer on his film, The Act of Killing, which looks at the mass murders that took place in Indonesia and how they're percieved by those who committed them. 

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