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Jim Martin Speaking In China

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Jim Martin Speaking  In China

Documentary Filmmaker, Professor and Author James R (Jim) Martin has spoken for the second year (2017), at several Chinese Universities about Documentary Filmmaking, Actuality Storytelling and Interviewing. Talks are based on his documentary filmmaking career, writing, and teaching experience as professor in the film production program at Columbia College Chicago and as Director of the documentary course at Full Sail University in Florida.

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Audio Interview to supplement Video Interview

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Audio Interview to supplement Video Interview

Supplemental interview on Audio only to back up video interview.

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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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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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Creativity the perfect crime

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Documentary, Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Creativity the perfect crime

CREATIVITY - the perfect crime by Philippe Petit is an excellent nonfiction book that offers an amazing amount of insight into the authors creative process and how the reader might adopt some of those ideas.

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Turn Right At Machu Picchu – Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Documentary, Making Documentaries, News, REVIEWS | 0 comments

Turn Right At Machu Picchu – Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Adams writes he "wanted to retrace Bingham's route through the Andes on the way to discovering Machu Picchu" along with looking at other important locations. Turn Right at Machu Picchu is more than one man’s journey of exploration and discovery. It leaves you with a feeling that you’ve gone along on this adventure, done the research, heard the many stories, met the intrepid guide, John Leivers, who’s experience makes the journey possible, hiked the mountains, hiked the Inca roads and seen the awesome Apu (mountain) views. There’s also a supporting cast of characters including local Peruvian mule handlers, cooks and others.

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Canon 7D Mark II, Sony a6000 and Ninja Star Review

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Making Documentaries, News | 5 comments

Canon 7D Mark II, Sony a6000 and Ninja Star Review

This story is about the new Canon 7D II, the Ninja Star and the Sony A6000. First Canon’s new 7D Mark II is a significant upgrade from the 2009 7D. It’s an amazing tool for both still photography and video production. As an owner of the original Canon 7D I thought long and hard about whether to upgrade to the 7D Mark II at about $1799 for the camera body. All my EF lenses would be compatible with the new camera so I only needed the body. I kept thinking about a Canon 5D Mark III and/or it’s anticipated upgrades due out soon.

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