This is an introduction to a series of tutorials about the making of documentaries that will combine to offer a comprehensive understanding of how to produce and direct non-fiction films. It will reveal how to research and develop story ideas, how to create compelling and engaging narratives and how to achieve access to the subject of a film.
Journalistic skills are encouraged to engage a viewer emotionally and intellectually. The story is grounded in fact, not fiction, but is subjective and not objective. This is because active, subjective choices are made throughout the filmmaking process, no matter how balanced, fair and neutral the filmmaker tries to be. But this doesn’t detract from the power of the film, or its worth as an accurate and honest account of a subject of interest.
This recap tutorial collects a number of videos produced by Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. They may look a bit retro and ‘old skool’ in style and appearance, but the content is as relevant today and it’s ever been. The videos are a great way to recap on the core principles of storytelling for television.
As we approach the business end of the football season, the business end of football becomes increasingly important. Premier league survival is more important this season than ever before, whilst promotion to English football’s elite division has never looked so appealing. The reason for this is simple: the staggering sums of money now associated with broadcasting rights to show premier league football matches both in this country and abroad.
One of the most important and influential figures in the history of observational documentary-making died last month (March 2015).
Albert Maysles, who helped to shape a style of documentary called Direct Cinema with his brother David, crafted films that allowed the reality of life to take place in front of the camera without interference. His films contained an intense drama without the need for scripts or narration to heighten a sense of jeopardy. Instead, they relied on the raw truth of what was captured on film, and were all the more powerful as a result. Continue reading →
So, you want to create a blog. You’ve got an interesting niche subject and you’ve discovered content that will inform and entertain your reader. But what happens next? How will your blog look? Will it have interactive elements, for example? This post outlines some ideas for a WordPress blog:
The video link above contains a series of online tutorials that talk you through the whole process of how set up and maintain a successful blog.