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J R MARTIN MEDIA ONLINE features articles on topics that relate to a number of areas of interest including  film production in general, documentary and non fiction film, documentary photography, multimedia, storytelling, “How To” articles and the latest news from J R Martin Media. Comments on all posts are welcome.

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Actuality Interviewing and Listening by James R Martin

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Actuality Interviewing and Listening by James R Martin

Actuality Interviewing and Listening explores the connection between conducting an interview and listening on all levels. Anyone who conducts interviews for any reason will benefit from reading this book.

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Documentary Conference In China by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Documentary, Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Documentary Conference In China by James R (Jim) Martin

It is 14,120 Kilometers (8,774 miles) from Orlando, Florida to Shenzhen, China. Despite the distance and travel time it was an honor to be at the conference. I was invited to attend by The China Documentary Academic Association (CDAA) to speak about documentary storytelling at the Twenty-second Annual Chinese Documentary Conference held in Shenzhen. While I was in China I was invited to speak at Beijing Normal University and Beijing Film Academy.

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Filmmaker Jim Martin Keynote Speaker at Documentary Film Conference in China

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in DOC BOOK, News | 2 comments

Filmmaker Jim Martin Keynote Speaker at Documentary Film Conference in China

Emmy award winning filmmaker, director and writer, James R. Martin will be a keynote speaker at the 22nd China Documentary Academic Association Conference (CDAA). Hosted by the CDAA and the Beijing Film Academy the conference runs from November 11 - 15, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. Developed for Chinese film and television professionals and students, the conference is intended to fuel the growth of Chinese TV documentary programming.

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Eight Days A Week -The Beatles – The Touring Years Review by James R (Jim) Martin

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Eight Days A Week -The Beatles – The Touring Years  Review by James R (Jim) Martin

Just when you thought you knew everything about the Beatles along comes Ron Howard with a new traditional documentary film focusing on the Beatles in the beginning, getting underway, then moving on to the years of touring the world, reaching crowds so large they needed super big venues like Shea Stadium housing 50,000 fans at a time on some occasions.

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Meet The Patels – Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Jun 19, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Meet The Patels – Review by Jim Martin

Meet The Patels, winner of the audience award at the 2014 Los Angles Film Festival, achieves explores the pressure on Indian American Families to maintain their culture and traditions, in particular those relating to marriage, in the face of the assimilation of the second generation. It is informative and entertaining.

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WHERE TO INVADE NEXT — PREPARE TO BE LIBERATED — Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

WHERE TO INVADE NEXT — PREPARE TO BE LIBERATED — Review by Jim Martin

Where To Invade Next is a not to subtle reminder of what the middle and working class people of the United States have been deprived of while many European countries and others have moved ahead with health care, education, equal rights for women, workers rights, drug abuse, prison reform, and family planning. In addition how other countries have dealt with major past problems in their cultures so that they can move on and not repeat the same mistakes.

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Vivian Maier Street Photographer, The Vivian Maier Mystery, Finding Vivian Maier and A Photographer Found -- Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Vivian Maier Street Photographer, The Vivian Maier Mystery, Finding Vivian Maier and A Photographer Found -- Review by Jim Martin

Vivian Maier was born on February 1, 1926 in New York City. Around the age of 25 or 26 she started taking photographs, about 100,000 or more pictures by the time she died on April 21, 2009, ninety-nine percent of which she never showed anyone. She worked as a Nanny and/or Housekeeper most of her life using her spare time to photograph in New York City, Chicago, a village in France, and on an eight-month world tour accompanied by her trusted twin-lens Rolliflex camera hanging from her neck. Her work was discovered two years before she died but she was unaware of it. It included documentary style photography, 8mm film and audio recordings.

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American Experience: Walt Disney — Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries, REVIEWS | 0 comments

American Experience: Walt Disney — Review by Jim Martin

PBS - American Experience: Walt Disney documentary provides an uncensored, well researched, exploration of Walt Disney, the man, his work, and his passion for achieving goals. The 221 mintute documentary looks into Walt Disney’s contributions to the art of film, his strengths and weaknesses. The film examines his great insight into American culture and at other times his opaque insensitivity to historical, political and social issues facing Americans. Walt Disney was an artist and an entrepreneur, greatly aided in his goals by Roy Disney, his brother who complemented Walt’s obsessive personality with a practical nuance. American Experience: Walt Disney informs and entertains. It is a great biography of Disney and the development of animated feature films.

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JAZZ-A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY KEN BURNS Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

JAZZ-A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY KEN BURNS   Review by Jim Martin

“…the Constitution, baseball and jazz music. They're the three most beautiful things Americans have ever created." – Gerald Early Jazz is one of Ken Burns’ best documentary films. Like most of his work it transcends being a historical record of facts. Burns put the facts into historical context. Jazz, the documentary, fits the evolution of this music with American culture, Black History, individuals and politics of the United States. The history of Jazz, it turns out, is born out of circumstances uniquely American to a large extent, in New Orleans of the 1890’s. Jazz -- “It is a creation of the African American community there, but incorporates all kind of music heard in the streets of what was the country’s most cosmopolitan city.” Jazz soon moves out of New Orleans and becomes a national passion.

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries, REVIEWS | 0 comments

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

The Going Clear documentary is based on a book written by Lawrence Wright, titled Going Clear: “Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. The Going Clear documentary is a pretty straightforward expose style piece that mainly goes after the management of the International Association of Scientology (IAS) and the Church of Scientology. In particular it singles out David Miscovige, a self-appointed protégé of L. Ron Hubbard (LRH) and current Chairman of the Board, as a megalomaniac and serial abuser of staff. Going Clear also questions and explores the not-for-profit, religious status of this Billion-dollar corporation.

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Making A Short Documentary by Jim Martin

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in Director, Documentary, Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Making A Short Documentary by Jim Martin

Making a short documentary is no different than making a long documentary. But there are many unique factors involved in a short form documentary or fiction film that need to be considered. For starters it’s easy to make a “long” documentary that will put people to sleep after the first minutes. Making a three-minute or seven-minute documentary presents a number of issues that involve knowing what you want to do. Preproduction planning is essential.

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DOGGIE DERBY AT BALDWIN PARK, ORLANDO FLORIDA

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in Baldwin Park, Baldwin Park - Production, News | 0 comments

DOGGIE DERBY AT BALDWIN PARK, ORLANDO FLORIDA

Doggie Day Derby 2015 in Baldwin Park Florida is an annual event for dogs and people that brings out the community for a day of racing for non-profit causes. It appears to be a fun day for all concerned.

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