Does documentary filmmaking really need to be encouraged?
Our world, the real one we live in, has already been created, we don’t need to build it from scratch like the feature filmmakers do. All we have to do is pick a theme and characters from it. They already have stories ready inside them just waiting to be written down. In a documentary, the truest actors, expensive sets, perfectly fitting costumes and shot props are free. We get dialogues and situations that cannot be invented in any script. A documentary is a unique opportunity to meet great people, to enter where no one has been with a camera before. If you have a curiosity about people, sensitivity and empathy, there is a great opportunity to tell the story from your own point of view.
What excites me most about documentary is that when I press the ‘REC’ button on the camera I don’t know what’s going to happen next. But before that happens I have to give myself a chance – to find a character, a place, an issue that I want to make a film about. During the course, we will work together on making documentation for your projects, the script, choosing the location, working with the protagonist, shooting the material and editing it.
A minimum of theory and as much film practice as possible.
I invite you to join the Documentary Film Group, the world is waiting for your camera stories!
We invite you to register for the 18th Film Spring Open!
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