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Tip of the Day 13

Sometimes the best research comes not from a book or news article but instead from an off-camera background interview.

October 28, 2008 0
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Eye for an Eye

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 […]

October 27, 2008 2
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Doc Center Alums: What are they up to now?

Are you a doc center alum or do you know one? Shoot us an email with what you’re up to these days (vivadocumentary@gmail.com) and we’ll post it the next time we do one of these posts…

October 27, 2008 0
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Tip of the Day 12

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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Tip of the Day 11

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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