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June 16, 2014
#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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April 25, 2014
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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April 8, 2014
#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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January 8, 2014
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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January 6, 2014
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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November 12, 2013
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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September 24, 2013
Fall Online #docchat Series: Engagement Strategy, Doc Criticism and More!
Join POV's Fall Online #docchat Series starting Tuesday, October 1, 2013 for online panels about engagement strategy, documentary criticism and planning for long-term documentary projects.
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August 19, 2013
6 Essential Tips for Using Archival Footage
Panelists at a recent Doc U event organized by the International Documentary Association weigh in on 6 things to keep in mind when working with archives.
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July 9, 2013
A Cloud Storage Collaboration Guide for Filmmakers
Cloud storage isn't just a way to back up backups of backups, it has great potential for use as a hub for your film production.
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April 18, 2013
Standard Three-Camera Interview Setup
MediaStorm provides a comprehensive look at their three-camera setup for interviews, outlining their camera, audio, and light layouts.
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March 27, 2013
Recommended Reading: Eight Fundamental Concepts of Sound for Documentary
Learn the eight fundamental concepts of sound for documentary from David Tames of http://kino-eye.com.
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December 13, 2012
A Couple Filmmaker Tips for the Pre-Interview
Katie Galloway, Director of 'Better This World,' and Scott Thurman, Director of 'The Revisionaries,' share some tips on getting the most out of interviews when the camera's not on.
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November 13, 2012
Documentary DPs Share Their Craft at DOC NYC
Tom Roston recaps the DOC NYC masterclass on cinematography with directors of photography Alan Jacobsen (Racing Dreams) and Tom Hurwitz (The Queen of Versailles). Panels continue through Thursday.
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October 10, 2012
A Visit to Kartemquin Films: Uncovering a Documentary Technology Trove
Some of the older filmmaking technologies in use and in storage at Kartemquin represent important markers in documentary production history.
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September 19, 2012
A Visit to Kartemquin Films: An Inside Look at a Corner Documentary Production Studio
This post is the first in a series about my visit to the documentary production powerhouse Kartemquin Films.
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August 10, 2012
Animating Documentaries: A Twitter Chat with Mike Rauch of StoryCorps Animated Shorts
Join the #docchat Twitter chat on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 8 PM Eastern. One of the directors of StoryCorps Shorts will answer questions about documentaries and animation.
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August 1, 2012
As Thoughts of George Rise Up: Judith Helfand on Long-Time Mentor George Stoney
Soon after the news of George Stoney's passing was made public, POV asked me to write a few words about him and our work together.
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June 25, 2012
Game Design and Making Docs: There’s More in Common Than You Might Think
At first glance, game design — even game design with a social change mission — seems unrelated to the world of documentary work. But last week's Game for Change Festival revealed that socially-minded game designers and documentarians are grappling with many of the same issues.
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June 19, 2012
Help! How Do I Hire a Transmedia Designer/Developer?
I am reaching out to you, my fellow documentarians and multi-platform producers, to share your wisdom on finding and hiring transmedia collaborators.
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April 17, 2012
Framing and the Art of Documentary
Arguably, making art is easier when its makers have complete control over process and product. But what happens when you throw the messiness of reality into the mix?
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February 24, 2012
Cell-Phone Documentaries: Films & Tools
Apple's iPhone 4 has sparked a new industry of smartphone filmmaking.
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January 4, 2012
2012: What’s In Store for The Filmmaking 99 Percent
A look forward at the technology that will define independent documentary filmmaking in 2012.
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November 29, 2011
Good Storytelling Takes Time
The news and documentary forms are complementary, but as guest blogger Heather McIntosh explains, popular online news is failing to lay a foundation for deeper inquiry.
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November 14, 2011
Doc Soup: Should Aspiring Documentary Filmmakers Go To Film School?
Doc Soup Man Tom Roston tackles the age-old question with input from self-taught filmmaker Matt Morris, professional doc director Brent Huffman, and Jan Krawitz, the head of Stanford's documentary MFA program.
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September 8, 2011
How Prosumer Cameras, Apple and YouTube Have Changed Documentary Storytelling in the 10 Years Since 9/11
Edward J. Delaney of DocumentaryTech looks at how far digital technology has come in the last 10 years, from the Naudet brothers' 9/11 to the crowdsourced #18DaysInEgypt.
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September 1, 2011
The Feature-Length Fallacy
Edward J. Delaney of DocumentaryTech explores the benefits of shaving a few minutes (or more) from a film's running time.
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August 16, 2011
I Have $5,000… What’s the Ideal Documentary Kit?
Indie filmmakers offer tips for building a documentary kit on a budget in this guest post from DocumentaryTech's Edward J. Delaney.
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January 16, 2008
“Documentary Style” Shot-making
I have a suggestion to fictional filmmakers and critics alike: Let’s update the definition of “documentary style” shooting.
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The Diverse Voices Project IV (DVP), with up to $100,000 in co-production funding available to emerging filmmakers, is POV's initiative to support stories about diverse communities produced by emerging makers.
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