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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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This tip was provided by a journalism student: when calling up subjects or potential interviewees, always assume that they won’t be available between the hours of 11AM and 2PM to account for differing lunch schedules.

September 30, 2008 0
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Facets Seminar Series Presents: Michael Rabiger

Michael Rabiger is Professor Emeritus at Columbia College, the director of documentaries for the BBC and independently, and the author of the worldwide best-selling books, Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics, Directing the Documentary and Developing Story Ideas.

September 29, 2008 0
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Have you ever put off getting b-roll and cutaways by telling yourself or your crew “we’ll just get these later…” You won’t!

September 28, 2008 0
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5 Awesome things doc-makers have done

Documentary films often have the rather vague goal of “social change.” That could mean any number of things depending on who you ask, but here are five tangible examples of doc-makers doing awesome stuff which definitely had an impact…

September 27, 2008 0
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Interviewees don’t have to be present when you’re setting up lighting and camera equipment. In fact, it’s often better if they’re out of the room so you can concentrate and don’t have to bother with small-talk.

September 26, 2008 0
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Review of “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”

In Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers a horrifying family secret.

September 25, 2008 0
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Four Films the Viva Doc Staff Just Couldn’t Finish

It happens all the time. A film gets great reviews, but once you’ve seen it you can’t help but wonder “Wait, what was the big deal again?!” Sometimes documentaries are so bad we can’t even bear to finish watching them. Here are four of these, according to Viva Doc staff members.

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