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.

Join me for Making Media Now 2013 in Boston, May 3, 2013

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Join on Friday, May 3rd at Massachusetts College of Art and Design for Making Media Now 2013, the annual must-attend conference for documentary media makers presented by Filmmakers Collaborative. I’m very excited about this year’s theme, Living the Connection Economy (exploring how creative and business connections offer media makers new models for storytelling, production, distribution and engagement) and I’m sure you will be too!

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.

Basic Documentary Video Starter Kit (consumer level gear)

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You do not need fancy gear to start making documentaries, but choosing the right gear is important. This post presents a list of good gear to consider when starting out making documentary videos. This post is based on a handout originally provided with my Documentary Video Boot Camp course offered through Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Documentary marathon at 2012 Independent Film Festival of Boston

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Here’s my plan for a Sunday documentary marathon at the 2012 Independent Film Festival of Boston All of the films below screen at the Somerville Theatre on Sunday, April 29, 2012. If you come to see or more of these films, I’ll see you there!

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 articles provide a view into a crystal ball in which we […]

Digital imaging throws documentary into ontological crisis

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Scholars have long discussed the ambiguity and subjectivity inherent in photographic representation with its seductive verisimilitude. Bill Mitchell’s The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era (The MIT Press, 1992), the first book-length critical analysis of the digital imaging revolution, can easily be read with the addition of some interpretive and translative filtration as […]