Stuff You Need to Know
The orbit of John Grierson’s legacy touches almost everything we know about documentary. The five-foot something Scotsman with an orator’s voice single-handedly birthed the...
Before getting into how best to harness objectivity to serve your documentary story, a quick historical review of this most-coveted of journalistic ideals might...
The documentary storytelling process falls broadly into two very different ways of going about it.
Writer and filmmaker Sheila Curran’s explanation is bang on: Without a story you don’t have a doc.In fiction films and movies, the story is...
Years ago, I was on a team of shooters on a wedding reality series produced for a regional lifestyle network.
Producer, director and screenwriter Spike Jonze reminds the aspiring documentarian: “Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity.”
The art of short subject filmmaking has come a long way from the days when ‘cutdowns’ were simply feature-length films chopped down to size so they could be shoehorned into TV time slots.
Have you ever heard of Robert J. Flaherty? He’s known as the “father” of documentary filmmaking (“Nanook of the North,” 1922). However, documentaries didn’t...
“The sign of a great director is when a film’s voice comes not from the script or the protagonists, but from the filmmaker.” — Antonia Thompson, Huffington Post.
We read a lot about the proliferation of documentary styles and forms—the many different ways a director can approach the telling of a nonfiction...
On this episode of The Videomaker Podcast we react to the new Rode VideoMic NTG, have a conversation with documentary filmmaker Brandon Vedder, and we talk about some of the leaked camera features coming to Samsung phones.
On this episode of the Videomaker Podcast we react to the new 16-inch MacBook Pro; have a conversation with OMPT Development Manager Andy Shoemaker; and speculate about Canon’s plans for the mirrorless market.
With an explosive doc catalog that includes titles like Cocaine Cowboys, Raw Deal and Screwball, Alfred Spellman is no stranger to high stakes filmmaking.
documentaries can be broken up into three types; Docudrama, Observational Documentation and Cinéma Vérité.
"The Russian Woodpecker" (2015) would become a global cautionary tale of what happens when people lose trust in their government.
When does a Copyright enter the Public Domain? We get this question all the time. We'd love to say, If published after this date add XX number of years, and then its OK to use. But—Heavy Sigh—we're talking legal stuff and legal...
When Robert Flaherty (1884-1951) released his first and most famous film "Nanook of the North" in 1922, the term ‘documentary’ had not yet been minted.
As an indie doc filmmaker, getting to the final stages of completing your film can be grueling. Ordinarily, you've spent months or...
Much of documentary storytelling is about capturing footage of unfolding actuality — unscripted situations, events and natural interactions.
In 2010's “Introduction to Documentary,” film educator and documentary consultant Bill Nichols distilled the types of documentaries down to six styles.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was so impressed by the films of Pare Lorentz the New Deal president referred to the pioneering doc maker as “my shooter.”
What's the difference between a documentary and a film that's based on a true story? Where is the line between documentary reenactment and dramatization? Which approach reveals more truth? Let's compare "Grey Gardens" the documentary and "Grey Gardens" the movie to try work through these questions.
Documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield aims to encourage and inspire women in documentary filmmaking and beyond.
I never went to film school and I never went to journalism school. Instead, about 20 years ago, I picked up a...