Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016: Arrival in Sheffield

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I just arrived in Sheffield to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest. There are a lot of amazing documentary film and VR projects showing at this years festival, I look forward to going over the catalog over dinner tonight, it’s amazing how VR has captured the interest of the documentary community, Sheffield … [Read more...]

Dangerous Documentaries: Reducing Risk when Telling Truth to Power

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Many of the most important issues facing our society are also those that powerful people or institutions don’t want made public. Documentary filmmakers who tell truth to power often face aggressive attacks from powerful individuals, organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, and industry … [Read more...]

Two entry-level, versatile, compact, sound recording kits for your consideration

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I'm often asked by my students what's a good sound recording starter kit that provides the most bang for the buck on a tight budget. In response to this question, I've assembled the following kits based on gear I've purchased and used myself. While I often prefer to use bulkier, higher-performance … [Read more...]

A conversation with Elaine McMillion Sheldon about Hollow

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Hollow (requires Google Chrome) is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through stories of over 30 residents of McDowell County, West Virginia, an area that is representative of many regional boom-and-bust economies across the … [Read more...]

Is the Audio-Technica BP4029 the perfect cinéma-vérité microphone?

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In an ideal world I'd have a ninja-class boom operator with me on all of my documentary shoots, but short of that I usually place a wireless lavaliere on my subjects in order to capture the best dialogue possible while providing then with mobility along with the intimacy of a small crew. However, on … [Read more...]