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Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries, and Nonfiction Storytelling

ZEITGEIST THE MOVIE

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Documentary Film Reviews | 0 comments

ZEITGEIST is a film that has a definite point-of-view which is presented in a sort of on going rant against the alleged world establishment. It is basically divided in to three acts that lead to some interesting conclusions in the final act. The first part examines the similarity of Christianity to many other earlier religions. Jesus is compared to the Egyptian God Horas, who the film claims has an identical story of birth; Horas and Jesus both conceived by a woman without a man. In the case of Horas the Goddess is Isis. The entire notion of Christianity is tied into the astrological Zodiac and the 12 signs. Horas and Jesus, the film shows, were both Sun Gods which puts them in line with many other religions and myths. In some instances the information,presented as hard facts, makes a convincing argument. Christian scholars might argue that the mythical elements were applied after the fact to make Christianity more palatable to pagans. However, the film goes back to prehistory to establish its premise.

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Your Inner Fish

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

Your Inner Fish is a well made television style documentary, three episode series: Episode 1 – Your Inner Fish, Episode 2 – Your Inner Reptile and Episode 3 - Your Inner Monkey. All three episodes are entertaining, informative, and offer a trip through time going back to the time when prehistoric fish swam in the oceans and animal life on dry land apparently didn’t exist. The story delves into areas of research that have changed what was thought to be true up until now. This documentary series is one from which everyone can learn. The documentary presents facts and offers evidence to support the ideas explored. In addition to Neil Shubin a number of well know specialists in related area are interviewed or our followed as they do their work of scientifically exploring the origins of the human primate. Paleontology, anatomy, biology and other disciplines are relevant, important contributors to understanding human evolution.

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Writing a Shooting Script and Editing Script for Documentary Film or Non-fiction Project

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Book, Documentary, Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Writing a shooting script for a documentary shapes the story. In a documentary context it is a framework for getting coverage and telling a story. Additional footage may always be shot as "B" roll to along with the action footage and interview.

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT: LOOKING FOR GROUP

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews | 1 comment

Premiered at BlizzCon in Los Angeles, the documentary, The World of Warcraft: Looking for Group is now being shown on You Tube courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. It can also be seen on Hulu. The film looks at the ten-year history of World of War Craft (WoW) exploring the development, evolution and worldwide popularity of the game. If you’re a fan of WoW, or just want to know why this game has been so successful, this documentary will both inform and entertain.

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WORDPLAY - FIFTY MILLION AMERICANS DO IT EVERY WEEK

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011 in Documentary Film Reviews | 0 comments

Fifty Million Americans do Cross Word Puzzles every week on a regular basis. Wordplay, directed by Patrick Creadon explores this phenomenon. There are interviews with avid crossword puzzle fans including President Clinton, Jon Stewart, Bob Dole, Mike Mussina, Ken Burns and others. But the main focus of the documentary is on Will Shortz who is the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times; known to millions as NPR's "Puzzle Master," and the World Crossword Puzzle Championship.

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WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY - THE GODDESS TRILOGY

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in Documentary Film Reviews | 0 comments

WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY THE GODDESS TRILOGY is a three-hour, three part series, made between 1987 and 1992 sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada. Part One – GODDESS REMEMBERED looks at prehistory and evidence that goes back about 35,000 years beginning with stone age Cro-magnon culture where carved Goddess sculpture and cave paintings of 37,000 years ago are found in France. The notion of a mother earth creation story along with the nurturing role of women in peaceful hunter gather groups is established.

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