We were just making a film Not only is Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s film on Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth a great film, it’s also an interesting point of discussion in terms of what makes a documentary and at what point is a film in or out of the doco genre. If you … More 20,000 days on Earth – a documentary?
Pre-production We had a team of six students, two who started the course on the second day of the intensive and one who just joined us for the afternoon shoot. We organised ourselves quite well spending some time planning at lunchtime. We prepared a shot list and this was useful in our shoot. However with … More Industrial Media – Analysis and Reflection 1- Q 5 Lenny
Nostalgia for the Light by Patricio Guzmán This six minute opening to Patricio Guzmán’s absorbing 2010 documentary is rich with images, sound and metaphor contrasting both light and dark and the esoteric and the mundane to set up a journey into seemingly unrelated topics – astronomy and the lost victims of Pinochet’s reign of terror in Chile. … More Industrial Media – Analysis and Reflection 1- Q 4 Nostalgia for the light
Uncluttered reality – is it real? Conventions in Short Documentary by Jeffrey Ruoff, Cinema Journal 32, No. 3, Spring 1993 This is such a great article that it’s hard to find just two points in it that excite me and are new to me. In a big picture sense Ruoff provides a succinct summary of the … More Industrial Media – Analysis and Reflection 1- Q 3 Conventions in Sound
Looking in and looking out I have been writing creatively and professionally in various ways over the last 25 to 30 years, as a playwright, scriptwriter and script editor and in my work as project manager. Over this time I have intermittently kept journals which were mostly records of events and related emotions as well … More Industrial Media – Analysis and Reflection 1- Q 2 Writing Reflectively
I come to this course as a professional scriptwriter with a range of credits for TV series and serials. Over the last four years I have shot and edited my first short (35min) documentary, I’d Rather be Surfing which is screening at the Lorne Film Festival in November this year. I learnt an enormous amount making … More Industrial Media – Analysis and Reflection 1- Q 1 Statement of goals