Documentary

TV and Documentary Editing Insights from Heidi Scharfe, ACE

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What was one of your most favorite scenes or sequences to edit, and why? Heidi Scharfe, ACE: The obvious choices would come from some of the music performance scenes like “New Edition” and “American Soul”… I mean, so many standout performances and ‘VFX saves’ that stick in my head. …

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Documentary Filmmaking Insights and Tips from Courtney Hermann

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What was one of the most important things you learned filming on location? Courtney Hermann: For me, filming on location is intense, demanding, and uncomfortable–for many reasons.  Documentary filmmaking is an extractive process where we enter into the lives of others to take their stories, even as we …

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Addison Dlott on Directing Award-Winning Student Documentary, “Queen of the Dinosaurs: A Wrestler’s Story”

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What are some discussion topics you’d love to see people have after they watch, “Queen of the Dinosaurs: A Wrestler’s Story”? Addison Dlott: This piece explores issues centered on mental illness, female ambition, and sexism, but ultimately, centers around the idea of overcoming adversity. Whether it be mental …

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Documentary Filmmaking: Directing Insights with Michael Rabiger

StudentFilmmakers Magazine: What are the most important skills a documentary filmmaker must possess? Michael Rabiger: The ability to: Reject stereotyped approaches to your subject until you find one original. Aim to make a visual film that needs no interviews or narration. Listen, think, and change course when needed. Use a …

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Michelle Bogre on Copyright and Documentary Photography

Exclusive Interview conducted by Jody Michelle Solis StudentFilmmakers Magazine: Can you tell us a little bit about the evolution of copyright as it relates to photography/film/music? Michelle Bogre: This is a dense topic.  I will start with a few key ideas. Copyright is an intangible right that protects the expression …

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Some Thoughts on SHOOTING REALITY – By David Appleby

(Pictured: David Appleby (right), with Steve Ross and Allison Graham, shoots an interview for At the River I Stand.)   By David Appleby When you’ve learned principles of photography, and the grammar and techniques of filmmaking, you are left with the questions: What do you want to make films about? …

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Bridge Work | “Work done to pay the bills that allows you to the time to pursue your true passion and creative aspirations.”

by Tim Smith At some point in my life my momma said there’d be days like this, but I’m pretty sure she didn’t envision what I had going on this particular day when she said it. It was Friday, September 19, 2008, and I woke up in Washington D.C., only …

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Pitching to Film Investors: A Glass of Water with William F. Vartorella, Ph.D., C.B.C.

Interview conducted by Jody Michelle Solis   Vartorella Tips: Top 3 Things Investors Want to See During the Pitch (1.) Enthusiasm (2.) Honesty. (3.) Realism.   Honesty is critical as it is the least-used strategy in American business. The realism part is on the money side. Know the basics of …

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