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Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries, and Nonfiction Storytelling

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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WITH ONE VOICE Awaken To The Beauty That Unites Us All - Review by Jim Martin

Posted by on Oct 14, 2010 in Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

With One Voice explores the world of mysticism and it’s role in spirituality and religion. The documentary is a quest to learn from mystics, representing major religions, about their own spiritual journey and what knowledge they have gained.. In the words of Father Keating in the film, “We are all mystics seeking to solve the mysteries of existence.” The filmmakers who created With One Voice have produced a documentary that is not an external point-of-view of mysticism. Even though, it does use a narrator, it also makes extensive use of first person interviews. The unique quality of this story is that its point-of-view, while still subjective, is from the inside looking out. Viewing the documentary brings the audience into the world of mystic spirituality, religion and to some extent exposes the viewer to the notion of inner peace.

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WHO IS HARRY NILSSON? (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)

Posted by on Feb 20, 2011 in Documentary, Documentary Film Reviews, Making Documentaries | 0 comments

John Lennon was a fan and friend of American singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. Harry’s voice and the songs he wrote are familiar but his name is not one that comes to mind as easily as the Beatles, or other famous musicians or groups. The Beatles said, “Harry Nilsson was their favorite group.” This 2010 documentary profile, written and directed by John Scheinfeld, is not a video version of Harry Nilsson’s greatest hits or 116 minutes of interviews. It sincerely attempts to capture the essence of the man through his work and through the voices of his family, friends and voice over interviews with Harry himself. In this age of digital reproduction “Who Is Harry Nilsson?” is the LP, analog original point-of-view version, that captures the essence of a dream that Harry Nilsson found himself living.

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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 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 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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