Researching Macro Trends

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While I was preparing my presentation, "Seven Macro Trends," I reached out to people I thought might have some ideas and/or examples I should weave into my presentation. I'm indebted to their wonderful and generous contributions. What follows are the highlights of their responses to my query, "what … [Read more...]

Seven Macro Trends (RioSeminars 2011 Presentation)

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I promised during my keynote presentation on Monday, October 10, 2011 at RioSeminars 2011 that I would post my slides and some notes before Sunday at midnight, so here it is: 7 Macro Trends, RioSeminars 2011 (5 MB, PDF), and below are some notes that go with the slides. One reason I find it … [Read more...]

Ten glimpses into the crystal ball: the future of documentary

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I've been contemplating the evolution of the documentary this summer and I was delighted to see that The MediaGuardian's recent Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011 coverage includes ten articles providing a refreshing perspective on how documentary makers are finding new ways to reach their audience. These … [Read more...]

Four under $300 audio recorders for double-system sound

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With the rising tide of small cameras shooting spectacular HD video suitable for documentary work, along with D-SLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D whose images rival much more expensive (and heavy) cameras, I've observed a spectacular rise in gorgeous video, but good sound is not … [Read more...]