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Viva Doc Sept 24 Meeting Recap

We had a great kickoff meeting this semester on Wednesday September 24th in the Doc Center suite on the 4th floor of the 1104 S. Wabash film building. Over 21 people showed up, and Viva Doc alum Suree Towfighnia (the Colum grad who made PBS’ Standing Silent Nation) stopped by to say it was probably […]

September 25, 2008 0
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Viva Doc Meeting- Sept 24th

Please join us in moving forward with this New Doc Center Era. We’ll be discussing our plans for the year and our revised mission. Now’s the time to get involved If you make docs, take doc classes, love watching docs, or just want to know what “doc” means, come to the Viva Doc meeting! What: […]

September 23, 2008 0
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A Few Reasons Why Documentary Excites Me

Film in general is unexplored; it has been around for less than 150 years. Now if we look at documentary film making it still hasn’t even taken hold in the mainstream in an art form that is less than 150 years old. How exciting!

September 23, 2008 1
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Six features I wish Final Cut Pro’s log & capture window had

(Written while waiting for several MiniDV tapes to be captured) 1. Capture full tape in X segments. Sometimes, for a simple offline edit, I just want to capture a full tape. Why isn’t Final Cut smart enough to just capture the full tape in, say […]

September 21, 2008 1
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Tip of the Day 6

When making festival submission screeners, don’t forget to write the title, your name, phone number and email address on the DVD itself, so it’ll be super easy for them to contact you.

September 21, 2008 0
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Tip of the Day 5

When writing grant proposals, one-sheets or treatments, your word choices should be passionate, exciting and dynamic instead of academic or dry sounding. If your enthusiasm for your topic is obvious, it will make a positive impact on potential funders.

September 19, 2008 0
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Tip of the Day 4

Never store non-rechargeable batteries (i.e. AAs or 9-volts) in a situation where their contact points can touch (like in a big ziplock bag together). Over time, they will suck the charge out of one another.

September 16, 2008 0
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Tip of the day 3

Expose correctly on location. You can always make it look “cool” in post, but you can’t always make something that looks “cool” on location look normal in post.

September 13, 2008 0
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Theatrical Releases Not Easy for Iraq Docs, Says Donahue

Viva Doc has an exclusive transcript of doc-director Phil Donahue on his frustrations with the theatrical release of his latest film, Body of War.

September 12, 2008 0
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