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Why Kim Kardashian Famous?!? – Film School’D on the Origins of Reality TV

Was Kim Kardashian the inevitable result once filmmakers set out to capture “real life?” After “documentary” filmmaking was born with Nanook of the North (1922), filmmakers (and TV makers) have been endeavoring to capture reality and show truth on screen. And while Kim Kardashian may not be anyone’s definition of “Real,” she and her reality Read MoreRead More

How Do You Interview Subjects?

Editors Jim Hession, Lucia Small, and Bryan Storkel explore the ways they go about conducting interviews for documentaries. An audience member asked the panel how they interviewed people and whether they prepped them beforehand, adding “Whenever I interview people, they’re always really bad talking to the camera.” Storkel: I try and do as little prep as Read MoreRead More

Life After Pi – A Documentary on the Rhythm & Hues Studios

LIFE AFTER PI is a short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on “Life of Pi” — just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy. The film explores rapidly changing forces impacting the global VFX community and the Film Industry as a Read MoreRead More

Pro Tips for Shooting Better B-Roll

The Transom Online Workshop asked videographer/director Slavik Boyechko, of the PBS series INDIE ALASKA, to walk us — also slide, pan, tilt, and rack focus us — thru the mysteries of making beautiful B-Roll visuals for feature stories. –TOW Start with your wide lens. When you arrive at your location, before you meet your subject, quickly Read MoreRead More

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