Category Cinema

Documentary Release Form

For those of you who are working on documentaries for their final projects, here is a link to a good page on release forms. Scroll down and click on the link to download a basic release form. Modify as you see fit. Look at the Witness Video site for more details on releases and the […]

Documentary Production

For those of you that plan to make a documentary as their final project, here is a great resource for conceptualizing and producing a documentary video. Click on the image to go to their book. Click here to go to their website:

Triumph of the Will

This is an important, yet obviously deeply flawed, film in the documentary canon. Watch the opening section for a pungent bit of myth building using actuality footage. Also, skim through the film, or watch it all, for scenes of the famous evening rally speeches. Also, very important as far as formalist issues go in documentary […]

50 Docs to See before You Die – Current TV

Click on the link below. It will lead you to Current TV’s page about their series 50 Documentaries to see before you die. The docs are more recent, the oldest being 1988, but the list is good for docs from the 1990s and 2000s. There are links to clips from each of the featured docs. […]

Violence and Representation

Grim stuff tonight, I know. I left pretty traumatized by the scenes depicted in both clips. But consider for next class to what extent the filmmakers are justified in using such images. Do the scenes from Rio and Beirut bring to life the horror that is associated with violence or simply decommission our compassion with […]