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Pinball: From Illegal Gambling Game to American Obsession

Between the 1940s and 1970s, pinball was notoriously banned in some of the biggest cities in the United States, due to claims that it was a mafia-run gambling device that was corrupting the youth of America. It wasn’t until 1976 that expert Roger Sharpe testified in court to demonstrate that pinball was a game of Read MoreRead More

Thoughts on Lighting & Shooting Interviews from a 40 Year Industry Veteran

The talking head interview is a staple of documentary and news production – Billy Campbell shares some insight and tips on how to craft better interview footage. Our good friend Billy Campbell, a working documentary filmmaker and creator of the Scorpion Light, is working on a series of lighting tutorials based on feedback from readers of this site. Read MoreRead More

How To Light An Interview

From Story & Heart: After hundreds of interviews all over the world, and a couple documentaries under our belt, we have learned a thing or two about lighting for interviews. Let’s take a look at one beginner-level tutorial where Joyce tells us everything we need to know about lighting an interview and how to get started right away.Read More

5 Tips on Making Your Next Doc a Success

Chris McGuinness shares 5 tips for better documentary filmmaking Documentary films are becoming more and more popular.  From Feature length to episodic documentary TV shows to short Docufilms for non-profit or corporate clients, there are plenty opportunities for filmmakers to practice their trade. Here’s a short list of things you may want to keep in Read MoreRead More

55-Minute Documentary on Alfred Hitchcock: ‘Living Famously’

Check out this in depth look at the master of suspense: Alfred Hitchcock The program shows how, from his earliest childhood in the suburbs of London, Alfred Hitchcock was a precociously sedentary loner. His active imagination helped him gain an apprenticeship in the fledgling British movie business, from where he travelled to Germany to learn Read MoreRead More

“From Star Wars to Jedi” An Hour Long Documentary on the Making of George Lucas’s Original Trilogy

From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga is a 1983 television documentary special that originally aired on PBS. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original Star Wars trilogy, with particular emphasis on the final film, Return of the Jedi. Click on the image below to see the video Read MoreRead More

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