New Forms / New Opportunities Panel (Sarah Wolozin & Natasha Giraudie)

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”Open Plenary: New Forms New Opportunities,“ with panelists Sarah Wolozin (Director, Open Documentary Lab at MIT) and Natasha Deganello Giraudie (CEO, Micro-Documentaries in San Francisco), and David Tames (organizer and moderator), part of the Making Media Now 2013 conference on May 3, 2013 at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, presented by Filmmakers Collaborative.

The Hatchback Production Kit

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I recently conducted a workshop titled “The Hatchback Production Kit” at the Camera Company Pro Video Show in Dedham, Massachusetts. During the workshop I promised to post an inventory of the items I discussed in workshop. In the workshop I described the kit I’ve assembled for shooting formal interviews. I prefer shooting hand-held and travelling with a single camera bag, however, sometimes I need more gear to achieve specific results.

The 2013 Summer Documentary Film School at MassArt

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If you are looking for an intensive and focused introduction to the process of making documentary films this summer, I encourage you to investigate the Summer Documentary Film School at MassArt. I believe this is one of the best intensive education options available for emerging documentary makers.

Documentaries screening this weekend at IFFBoston

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Each year the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) brings to New England an exciting program of films, panels, and parties. I usually seek out the documentaries, here are three that stood out as I was deciding what to see this year.

Sound for Documentary, Part 2: What is it and why is it so important?

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What are the basics we need to understand as documentary media makers in order to become better sound recordists, editors, and designers? To put it in one sentence, sound is vibrations in air that touch us. I believe the intimacy of touch has something to do with why there’s such a strong connection between our emotions and sound.

UnknownSpring: web documentary review and interview with photojournalist Jake Price

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The tsunami of 2011 devastated the Tohoku region of Japan. Jake Price lived with the residents of Yuriage and out of his experience evolved UnseenSpring, a web documentary presenting an audiovisual collage documenting the endurance of the people in Yuriage as they rebuild their way of life, while making a renewed connection to their history and culture.

Sound for documentary, Part 1: Eight fundamental concepts

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The first in a series of posts presenting practical techniques and a guide to the tools for recording and editing sound for video documentary that will help you improve your work whether you are a beginning or intermediate video documentary maker.

Olloclip expands iPhone field of view

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There’s a wide variety of aftermarket lenses available for the iPhone 4/4S/5, however, so far, the best design I’ve come across is the olloclip available for the iPhone 4/4S/5. The olloclip has become an essential element in my bag of iPhone accessories expanding the field of view of the iPhone lens whenever I need a wider, or closer, perspective on the world.