Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016: SEED: The Untold Story

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SEED: The Untold Story examines the disappearance of seed varieties, a crucial environmental and food security issue, focused around the work of several passionate seed collectors including Dr. Vandana Shiva in India who says “...as the corporate greed creates the seed famine, more people realize … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Four approaches to structuring micro-documentaries

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A micro-documentary differs from a long-form documentary in terms of length, structure, and quite often, purpose. While most long-form documentaries tell a story with a classic three act narrative structure, shorter documentaries require different  strategies for structuring the viewer’s experience. … [Read more...]