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.

Reflections on Paul Sharits frozen film frames

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On the bus back to Boston this past Monday I kept thinking about the Images of an Infinite Film exhibit I saw at MoMA last weekend. I loved how Paul Sharits’s Untitled, from his Frozen Film Frame series (c. 1971–76) brings into sharp relief the physicality of film.

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.

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.

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.