Sometimes the best research comes not from a book or news article but instead from an off-camera background interview.
Since Larry Charles and Bill Maher’s new “documentary” about religion is so shamelessly polemical, I think it’s fitting for my review to match its pitiless contempt. Make no mistake, Religulous is an ill-conceived, poorly crafted film through and through. There are scenes when the film lives up to its promise of satisfying humor, but these […]
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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.
Highlight Q&amp;amp;A reel: &amp;quot;Traces of the Trade&amp;quot; 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.