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Documentary films are becoming more and more popular. From feature length to episodic documentary TV shows to short Docufilms for non-profit or corporate clients, there are opportunities for filmmakers to practice their trade. Here’s a short list of things you may want to keep in mind while working on your documentary film.
In the face of economic and creative adversities, this crazy year has wrought upon the industry, some filmmakers (and their production partners and vendors) are finding ways to thrive and flourish. One such pair of filmmakers is the dynamic environmental filmmaking duo of Josh and Rebecca Tickell.
If you’ve never attempted a feature documentary, the first thing to know is that completing one is difficult. It’s a craggy mountain of work in which it’s easy to become lost. Just as you would spend weeks in preparation before hiking the John Muir Trail, making good decisions from the get-go will pay big dividends over the years it will take to complete your doc.
If you haven't already heard, 'The Wolfpack,' won the Grand Jury Prize in its category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and has been steadily gaining buzz ever since. Documentarian Crystal Moselle profiles a group of brothers who were raised almost entirely isolated from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Their only link to the outside world was through the movies they watched, then eventually started to recreate. The film is the story of them breaking out of their rigid confinements. We got a quick interview with one of the brothers, Govinda on his thoughts on the captivating doc.
Robbie Carman, co owner of post production finishing company Amigo Media and colorist for the documentary “Snow Guardians”, took some time aside to share with us the process of creating such an immensely visual documentary. The doc is based on the life and work of Ski Patrol at several Montana Ski Resorts as well as the Search and Rescue teams that respond to winter emergencies.The visual goal of the “Snow Guardians” crew was to immerse the viewer into the lives of the men and women who take on this challenging high altitude job, while capturing the vast natural beauty of the remote and sometimes inhospitable mountain winter.The documentary is shot using cutting edge motion control time-lapse systems to help show the beauty and the amazing winter weather in Montana’s mountains.
At the recent Real Screen Summit I Washington DC, the panel, “Revenge of the Documentary” suggested that docs may be undergoing a rebirth on American TV in the next few years. Major brands like Discovery, National Geographic, Showtime, HBO etc proclaimed that they will be relying increasingly on documentaries to chart a course back to their core values and away from the homogeneity of similarly formatted unscripted, so-called reality TV shows.
Gabriel Rhodes, the editor of the Oscar-nominated documentary Time, talked with us about his work on the film. Gabriel, a veteran doc editor who cut Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Special Jury Prize Sundance 2018), Newtown, and The Witness, worked closely with director Garrett Bradley to showcase the harmful impact of the prison-industrial complex through the compelling story of Fox Rich, who has fought for her husband’s release from prison for the past two decades. Gabriel blended over 20 years of video diaries, present-day interviews and verité footage, using Adobe Premiere Pro to pull it all together.
So, you’ve got your film on tape and you’re feeling good as well you ought. But, before you start writing that acceptance speech, know that what lays ahead—post-production—will be even more work than you have yet put in.
Spent: Looking for Change, from Academy Award-winning executive producer Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) and cinematographer Greg Ephraim (All Cheerleaders Die) premiered online on The Young Turks' YouTube and Hulu channels. The film was shot by Ephraim on the Canon C300 and the EF and cinema lenses; the camera’s small profile and ease-of-use helped the filmmakers capture an intimate look into the lives of four American families wrestling with the costs of living outside the traditional financial system. Greg Ephraim takes us behind the scenes on his film-making experience on the documentary.
We recently spoke with director Alex Horwitz (“Hamilton's America”) about a few of his recent projects, including Bon Jovi’s concert documentary “On A Night Like This” and the “Unbroken” music video featuring the Invictus Games choir.