The Hatchback Production Kit

hatchbackcamera

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 the workshop. I described the kit I’ve assembled for shooting formal interviews. I … [Read more...]

FiLMiC Pro transforms iPhone into sweet and respectable video camera

FP-viewfinder

The iPhone is capable of producing surprising good video and as a result, quite a few documentary makers are using their iPhones as their go-to B camera and in some cases even as their primary camera. In order to get the best video possible from the iPhone you'll need to get (if you're not already … [Read more...]

Principles of Interaction Design for Interactive Documentary Makers

Joost Interface

Content production methodologies are converging with the strategies and tactics of interaction design. The latest mobile phones and tablets provide a wonderful platform for delivering intimate interactive documentary experiences. Where can media makers turn for a quick course on interaction design … [Read more...]

Pearls of wisdom

Art Without Compromise

Back in February I attended a conference "Who's Afraid of New Media" held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Wendy Richmond, who has recently published a book, Art Without Compromise* (Allworth Press, 2009), was one of the speakers. During a break we had a delightful conversation on observation vs. … [Read more...]

The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative

The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative

I recently finished reading The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative by H. Porter Abbott (Cambridge University Press, 2nd. edition, 2008). This book is by far the best introduction to narrative currently available, encompassing the range of narrative forms including literature, cinema, and new media. … [Read more...]