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In interview situations, don’t be afraid to ask your subject repetitive or overlapping questions, as having multiple choices can be helpful later on when you edit. Warn them that you’ll do so first though.

October 19, 2008 0
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Morgan Spurlock on his latest film, "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?"


The “Super Size Me” doc-maker talks about his latest feature film.

October 14, 2008 0
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Highlight Q&A reel: "Traces of the Trade" Filmmaker visits Columbia


Recently, Juanita Brown, one of the filmmakers behind “Traces of the Trade” came into Columbia’s Documentary III class to talk about her film. With her, she brought Tom DeWolf, one of the subjects featured in the documentary.

October 14, 2008 0
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Cinemasochist Strikes Again!

Mario Contreras writes, “Every once in a while I subject myself to stuff that I know I’ll hate in the interest of seeing what other people find entertaining…” This time he chose the new anti-Michael Moore spoof “An American Carol.”

October 10, 2008 0
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Never seat a subject in an swivel chair during an interview. They’ll be moving around the whole time and you’ll never maintain their facial axis.

October 9, 2008 0
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How do you label your tapes?

When it comes to labeling your camera originals, the key is having a consistent format. How do award-winning local nonfiction production houses like Chicago’s own Towers Productions label their tapes? Towers has a huge on-site archive, and they’ve got thousands of tapes to keep track of, so you better believe they’ve got a coherent labeling system.

October 9, 2008 1
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5 Quick things to check if the aspect ratio of your Final Cut clip looks funny


For one reason or another, the clip you just imported into Final Cut Pro looks squished or stretched. Here are five quick things to check to find out the reason why your AR is wrong.

October 5, 2008 1
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Once and for all: What’s the difference between MiniDV and DVCAM?


A lot of people get confused about the difference between MiniDV and DVCAM, so we’ll break down the differences between them (and large format DV tapes) in this article.

October 3, 2008 0
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Check out the flyer that helped get "In The Family" broadcast on PBS

How do you promote a film that’s not finished yet? This example is instructional.

October 2, 2008 0
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No piece of footage is worth getting killed over.

October 2, 2008 0
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