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Camera, Lens, Drone! The Documentary Gear to Keep, Add or Remove From Your Kit

The basics of documentary storytelling don't change all that much, but the tools for creating films evolve.

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#docchat: How to Make the Documentary Short – With Storyhunter & the Filmmakers of “The Jazz Ticket”

Join the video chat on Google+ this Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 1-2 PM (10-11 AM PT), and ask your questions about The Jazz Ticket and Storyhunter's editorial process.

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Film Anatomy: The Needle

Fernanda Rossi worked with filmmakers Carmen Oquendo-Villar, José Correa-Vigier and Felipe Tewes to turn their three rough cuts into one feature documentary, The Needle.

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5 Things Documentary Filmmakers Can Learn from Game Designers

Engagement, interaction, participation, messaging and the power of play: Five takeaways for filmmakers from Games for Change at Tribeca FIlm Festival's Innovation Week.

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Film Anatomy: Every Day Is a Holiday

Fernanda Rossi dissects the making of the documentary Every Day is a Holiday by Theresa Loong. Read about the filmmaker's smart moves, memorable moments and what she vows to never do again.

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#docchat: A Documentary Equipment Workshop with Caleb Pike & Richard Koci Hernandez on Google+ (April 15, 2014)

Ask your questions about documentary filmmaking equipment on Google+! Tuesday, April 15, 12:30-1:15 PM ET / 9:30-10:15 AM PT.

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Doc Memo: Documentary Challenges in Trump Era, Special Fund for Rapid Story Deployment

POV's daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

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Legendary Director Frederick Wiseman to Pitch at Hot Docs 2015 Forum

Legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman will pitch his new film Jackson Heights at Hot Docs Forum.

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Networking Tips for Documentary Filmmakers

In the latest episode of TFI Live, POV Digital Executive Producer Adnaan Wasey offers tips for networking like a pro.

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7 Funding Tricks from 7 Documentary Filmmakers

POV's Story Doctor Fernanda Rossi has been probing successful filmmakers about their budgets for the last few months. Here's what she's learned...

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Pitching 101: When You're in the Room

Paul Pauwels offers some advice for when you are actually in front of a funder giving your documentary pitch.

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Pitching 101: The Ws That Build a Successful Pitch

Paul Pauwels, from the Belgian production company Congoo, shares 7 "W"s that help build a successful pitch.

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Enter the Edit: Activating Feelings of Immediacy and Intimacy With a Film

How to make the audience feel like they're in the moment.

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Enter the Edit: How to Navigate the Documentary Editing World

It's a tired cliche, but don't be afraid to ask questions.

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Enter the Edit: The Challenges of Being Both Director and Editor

What happens when you have to be both at the same time?

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Enter the Edit: A Crash Course On Structuring Social-Issue Documentary

Famed film editor Kim Roberts, A.C.E. shares documentary wisdom.

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Entering the Edit With Karen Schmeer Fellow Eileen Meyer

We're kicking off the second edition of Enter the Edit, a series exploring the regrettably underappreciated process and craft of documentary editors. Our guide will be 2016 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow Eileen Meyer.

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Enter the Edit: A Conversation With Editor Jonathan Oppenheim

Colin Nusbaum speaks with his Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellow mentor, esteemed editor Jonathan Oppenheim, about his editing process.

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Camera, Lens, Drone! The Documentary Gear to Keep, Add or Remove From Your Kit

The basics of documentary storytelling don't change all that much, but the tools for creating films evolve.

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#docchat: A Documentary Equipment Workshop with Caleb Pike & Richard Koci Hernandez on Google+ (April 15, 2014)

Ask your questions about documentary filmmaking equipment on Google+! Tuesday, April 15, 12:30-1:15 PM ET / 9:30-10:15 AM PT.

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Create Your Own Essential DSLR Video Kit

Find out which camera body, lenses, audio equipment, rigs, tripods, monopods, editing software and other miscellaneous tools you need for a top-notch DSLR filmmaking kit.

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Creating Multi Camera Sequences in Premiere Pro, Part 2

This article is part of a series of posts from MediaStorm with tips and tricks from their producers’ experience working with Adobe Premiere Pro CC after years of working in Final Cut Pro.

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Documentary Equipment & Tools Workshop – Watch the Full Video Online

A recap of the #docchat conversation from November 12, 2013, with filmmaker-educators Duy Linh Tu (Columbia University) and Caleb Pike (DSLR Video Shooter).

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POV's 2013 Documentary Filmmaking Equipment Survey (Updated)

View the infographic. Cameras, lenses, audio and more: POV asked documentary filmmakers which gear they can’t live without, and which they can't wait to try.

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Felicia Pride on How to Make Space for Creativity

The challenges and joys that stem from the business of creating.

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Are Meaningful Conversations Considered Social Impact?: A Lesson from Grace Lee Boggs and American Revolutionary

Active Voice Program Director Sahar Driver shares takeaways from their engagement strategy and partnership with The World Cafe around POV's "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs".

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#docchat: “How to Get Your Film on Public Television” with POV's VP of Programming & Production Chris White

Join the video chat on Google+ this Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 1-2 PM (10-11 AM PT), and ask your questions about how to navigate the public television submission process.

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10 Secrets for Making the Most of Your Film's Broadcast Premiere

Picture Motion's Alexandra Pearson and Megan Ryan take us behind the scenes of the social impact campaigns of five remarkable films that aired on CNN, HBO, OWN and POV.

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The White House Highlights Circle of 6 App and “The Line”

Nancy Schwartzman reports back on The White House's call to action and awareness of rape and sexual assault on college campuses. Her mobile app, Circle of 6, won The White House Apps Against Abuse Challenge.

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#docchat: Documentary Engagement Strategy: Creating a Lasting Impact on Google+ (May 6, 2014)

Ask your questions about documentary engagement strategies for last impact on Google+! Tuesday, May 6, 12:30-1:15 PM ET / 9:30-10:15 AM PT.

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