Documentary Landscapes
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A look at documentary filmmaking practices and how they're evolving
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Apply! MA International Documentary Production Full-time, Part-time course | Sheffield Hallam University

Apply! MA International Documentary Production Full-time, Part-time course | Sheffield Hallam University | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

This course focuses on the core activity of documentary production companies which is project development and production financing to create ‘market ready’ packages.

 

We run the course in collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest. This is one of the UK’s leading international documentary festivals and markets, which attracts key industry decision makers, financiers, distributors and inspirational filmmakers from around the world.

 

The aim of the course is to help you to become a creative producer or director who understands how international documentary funding works. You learn to apply documentary filmmaking skills in the context of cross-platform convergent media.

 

You are taught by Northern Media School staff who are active filmmakers with a track record of excellence in their field, together with key guest speakers from Sheffield Doc/Fest...."

 


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Judge Denies City’s Bid for Outtakes of Movie on Central Park Jogger Case

Judge Denies City’s Bid for Outtakes of Movie on Central Park Jogger Case | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
A judge ruled that the outtakes of Ken Burns’s movie about the Central Park jogger case, which is the subject of a pending lawsuit, are protected as journalism.
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A victory for POV journalists and documentary filmmakers.

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Why the Hell is One of the Most Well-Respected Doc Fests in Columbia, Missouri?

Why the Hell is One of the Most Well-Respected Doc Fests in Columbia, Missouri? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Just ten years in to creating their regional documentary festival, the creators of the True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri are already running one of the most successful documentary film festivals in the world.
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A look at the creation and programming of the True/False Film documentary film festival.

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Watch Pirate Bay Documentary TPB AFK Here (Or on Pirate Bay, Naturally) | Underwire | Wired.com

Watch Pirate Bay Documentary TPB AFK Here (Or on Pirate Bay, Naturally) | Underwire | Wired.com | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The new documentary TPB AFK is now available in almost every online format from YouTube to, yes, The Pirate Bay.
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RedShark News - Exclusive - Digital Bolex interview: 16mm for the 21st Century?

RedShark News - Exclusive - Digital Bolex interview: 16mm for the 21st Century? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

A Kickstarter-funded digital 16mm camera is one of 2012's most intriguing stories.  RedShark's reporter Peter Haas talks to Joe Rubinstein, co-founder of Digital Bolex

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I love the look, features, and price point of this camera. Looking forward to taking it for test drive when it becomes available. For the full image gallery reveal of the camera, check out:

 

http://www.redsharknews.com/business/item/425-digital-bolex-actual-body-revealed-in-detail

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Ravida Din appointed Director General of NFB English Program

Ravida Din appointed Director General of NFB English Program | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The National Film Board of Canada: groundbreaking and socially relevant documentary, animation, alternative drama and digital content, from Canada’s public film producer and distributor
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'How Do Networks Evaluate Pitches?’ H2, ZDF, CNN, Smithsonian, Nat Geo - Impact Media Summit, Part 1

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Click on Part 2 after finishing the video to continue on with the networks' panel discussion on pitches, commissioning and approvals.

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Insomnia - NFB/interactive - National Film Board of Canada

Insomnia - NFB/interactive - National Film Board of Canada | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
One person in three can't get to sleep. Why? A social and collaborative confessional produced by the NFB.
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Sundance ’13: Brains and Braun

Sundance ’13: Brains and Braun | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Submarine Entertainment founders Josh and Dan Braun (pictured, left and right) have been behind some of the biggest theatrical doc deals of the past year, repping the directors of hits such as Searching for Sugar Man and The Imposter.
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The Really Bad Things In The Indie Film Biz 2012

The Really Bad Things In The Indie Film Biz 2012 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

I can’t always be optimistic.  My apologies.

 

I did start this HopeForFilm / TrulyFreeFilm blog in the hopes that community action could improve things for us all.  My original lists of 75 problems of indie film remain relevant, alas; and with this latest addition we are almost at 100 such challenges.

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Some very valid points about the current situation for independent filmmaking.

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Top 10 Posts of 2012: Filmmaking Tips to Kickstart the New Year

Top 10 Posts of 2012: Filmmaking Tips to Kickstart the New Year | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

2012 is done and gone, and the world is still standing. While there wasn’t a cosmic revolution of the Mayan-apocalyptic sort, you can start your own microcosmic revolution...

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Via @lafemmecherita

 

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Welcome to the Golden Age of Cinema | Cultural Weekly

Welcome to the Golden Age of Cinema | Cultural Weekly | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
There's a new Golden Age of filmmaking dawning, the author predicts, driven by new technologies, new business models, and new creative talent. Watch Sundance as as harbinger of change.
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A growing push for data-driven documentary filmmaking | Current.org

A growing push for data-driven documentary filmmaking | Current.org | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Wendy Levy, the director of arts consultancy group New Arts AXIS, called for documentary filmmakers to embrace big data tools as a permanent part of their storytelling process during the keynote address at the Media That Matters Conference, held Feb. 15 in Washington, D.C.

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$1.99 iPhone app saved Oscars film

After running out of money, director Malik Bendjelloul finished shooting the Oscar nominated documentary 'Searching For Sugar Man' on an iPhone app.
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More evidence that the right camera for the job isn't necessarily the most expensive.

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Sundance 2013: List of Cameras Directors Used Shows Variety

Sundance 2013: List of Cameras Directors Used Shows Variety | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
The list of cameras directors used in Sundance Films show there are no sacred cows when it comes to getting the right shot.
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Something I've always believed in and agree with: the best camera for the job isn't necessarily the most expensive.
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Sundance Film Festival Success Stories: What Are the Odds for Documentaries? | DocumentaryTelevision.com

Sundance Film Festival Success Stories: What Are the Odds for Documentaries? | DocumentaryTelevision.com | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
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Some interesting statistics for doc filmmakers in submitting to Sundance.

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Fair Trade for Filmmakers: Is It Time For Festivals To Share Their Revenue?

Fair Trade for Filmmakers: Is It Time For Festivals To Share Their Revenue? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Over the past 20 years or so, film festivals have beget more film festivals like rabbits on alkyl nitrates.
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Really intersting debate over whether or not filmmakers should make money from film festivals.

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Ten Tips on Shooting Low-Budget Movies from SXSW | Filmmaker Magazine

Ten Tips on Shooting Low-Budget Movies from SXSW | Filmmaker Magazine | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

At SXSW a panel titled “The Great Cinematography Shootout” gathered a group of directors and cinematographers to discuss independent film lensing in an age of proliferating formats and lower-cost, high-quality cameras, like the Canon 5D.

 

The directors of photography were Jody Lee Lipes (Girls, Tiny Furniture, and also the director of Opus Jazz), James Laxton (Medicine for Melancholy, Leave Me Like You Found Me), Clay Lifford (Gayby, and also the director of such films as Wuss and Earthling), PJ Raval (Trouble the Water, Sunset Stories, and also the director of Trinidad); and filmmaker, editor and d.p. David Lowery (Pioneer, and, as d.p. Audrey the Trainwreck). Here, from the d.p.’s, are ten tips for those looking to shoot smart-looking films on a low budget.

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Key advice for low-budget filmmakers and cinematographers.

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HALLIEabf's comment, July 19, 2014 2:58 AM
amazing tips
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Rough Ride - The Oil Patch Tour

Rough Ride - The Oil Patch Tour | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Check out Rough Ride: The Oil Patch Tour, an interactive documentary that provides an incredible look into life in one of nation's fastest-changing regions.

 

The project was created with Zeega, the Cambridge-based interactive storytelling technology company. The Rough Ride is part of "Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota", a multimedia public media project exploring the oil boom in western N.D. Stories air on Prairie Public.

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Another interesting interactive documentary using Zeega as its platform. 

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Hermine Muskat on the importance of production still photographs | The Independent

Hermine Muskat on the importance of production still photographs | The Independent | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

In their minimalism and stillness, photographs can capture the essence of a movie. They tell us the mood of the story we can expect to see unfold on screen and particular still images have become iconic in the world of cinema. Think of Jack Nicholson’s wild-eyed, unshaven, sinister grin captured by Murray Close for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, for example.

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Some very important considerations for filmmakers during production

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BEYOND the BOX - What Makes a Good Work-in-Progress?

BEYOND the BOX - What Makes a Good Work-in-Progress? | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it

Here at ITVS, one of the most asked questions is “What Makes a Good Work in Progress?”.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer.  The answer can vary depending on what material you have, the style of your film, what stage of production you’re in, etc.

 

Over the next three days, we will share the experiences of three ITVS-funded producers who successfully submitted their work-in-progress samples to our Open Call initiative.

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Richard Pryor and Dick Cheney Focus of Showtime Documentaries

Richard Pryor and Dick Cheney Focus of Showtime Documentaries | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
Richard Pryor, Dick Cheney and Muammar el-Qaddafi are among the personalities that will be the focus of Showtime’s new documentary features.
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Bear 71 - FWA Site Of The Year 2012

Bear 71 - FWA Site Of The Year 2012 | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
FWA Site Of The Year 2012, Favourite website awards. Web Awards recognising the very best in cutting edge website design.
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Such a great interactive documentary. Love the content, love the design, and love the overall experience; it has brought new possibilities to the realm of documentary.

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Documenting 24 Hours In The Lives Of Transportation Workers Across the Globe

Documenting 24 Hours In The Lives Of Transportation Workers Across the Globe | Documentary Landscapes | Scoop.it
What’s it like to be a trolley conductor in San Francisco? A taxi driver in New York City? How about a rickshaw driver in India?
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