It’s an exciting time for documentarians and I am proud to part of this movement. I encourage all to take a look at two recent Variety articles that highlight the move from audiences to absorb the documentary form in new ways (predominantly streaming) and the artists who have evolved over time.
> Audience Demand for Documentary Features Grows Across Platforms
It’s the summer. I am isolated in the UAE and I am dreaming of a carefree summer. There isn’t a better drink to help you relax and feel happy than the Aperol Spritz. You don’t have to have any special equipment to get this drink “right”. This is the perfect drink to unwind once you spent some time working on your documentary.
Mix it as you like it. I prefer to include a squeeze of fish orange juice for a touch of sweetness since I use brut prosecco. This is the mix:
3) Club soda
4) Slice of fresh orange
What is your summer fun drink? I’ll add it to my list.
Netflix’s six-part series, Wormwood, is brilliant. This is the documentary I’ve been waiting years to see hit popular culture. Wormwood fits perfectly into the grey area at the intersection of fiction and reality. And I am proud to argue against the critics who claim this series is anything other than the most inventive documentary they have seen in ages.
Before you jump to the conclusion that I am an Errol Morris super fan – check out my previous post on Gates of Heaven. I fell asleep and complained about the film being a waste of my time.
Now, back to the gushing …
Impeccable story telling
inventive camera angles (I read there were 10 per an interview)
seamless transitions from collage, to text, to dramatic interpretation, to interview
props for the continuous comparison to Hamlet
excellent usage and collection of archival materials
I could go on and on but, I’m sure you are just about ready to sign on to Netflix and binge watch the series. So, without wasting anyones time :
DRINK PAIRING: Prosecco! This calls for a celebration. Pass the bubbly.
As I gather “DSLR gadgets” for a feature doc pitch shoot in September, I’ve come across some really great gear. I’ll keep pointing out DSLR gear that’s not only aimed at the video shooter but, received excellent reviews.
Everyone who is anyone should check out DC Beer Week this week (starting Sunday Aug 14th). There are TONS are specials around the city. Click the link below for a map and calendar of events. Note: MIDWESTERNERS check out the specials on Wed (below).
MONDAY AUG 15th : Ladies’ Night – Ladies Drink Beer for Free – 4pm Belga Cafe – 514 8th Street SE, http://www.belgacafe.com
TUESDAY: AUG 16th:All About Brews Trivia Night – 7pm
Bread & Brew – 1247 20th Street NW, http://www.breadandbrew.com
Think you know about beer? Put it to the test during Bread & Brew’s special all-beer trivia. Great prizes and beer specials all night long.
WED AUG 17th : Midwest Brewery Night at Smith Commons – 5pm Smith Commons – 1245 H Street NE, http://www.smithcommonsdc.com Smith Commons will be featuring breweries from a different region of the country for four different nights during DC Beer Week. Wednesday will feature breweries from the midwest. $5 pints, $15 bombers, and $5 regional themed small food pairings. The tentative brewery list for Wednesday includes:
3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage… = a trip of a lifetime & 3 shorts called “move”, “eat”, “learn” MOVE on Vimeo on Vimeo
This is a great example of “just doing it”. If you haven’t shot and edited a short lately … this is your inspiration.
My brother lives in Philly – so I’ve been there quite a few times. I’ve noticed the murals but, I didn’t realize the shear number of murals until it was brought to my attention. I think this is a great tour. I mean who wouldn’t like a little exercise topped off by a couple beers?
Twitter has become an immediate, collaborative tool for many filmmakers on and off the set. To help write jokes for his speech at the Producers Guild Awards, Judd Apatow hit up his community of followers. Apatow (“Bridesmaids,” 2011, “Knocked Up,” 2007) included this joke from @omitofo: “Inception is really about Hollywood. Everyone’s constantly trying to ruin your dreams so they can make a buck.” Follow Apatow on Twitter (@JuddApatow) and tell him a joke. If you’re lucky, he may just use your creation to amuse and entertain others.