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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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Third Edition – Create Documentary Films, Videos and Multimedia

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Director, Making Documentaries, News | 0 comments

Third Edition – Create Documentary Films, Videos and Multimedia

There are many ideas about what makes a documentary film. But a true documentary does not employ actors or have scenes "recreated" based on a true story or not. The 2014, 386 page, third edition of Create Documentary Films, Videos and Multimedia is a book that looks at the craft and art of telling nonfiction stories, in particular, in a documentary style. Written by James (Jim) R. Martin it is based on over 33 years of teaching filmmaking and making award winning documentaries.

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THE FAMILY OF MAN

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Documentary Film Reviews, News | 4 comments

THE FAMILY OF MAN

A DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT AND BOOK It must be a wonderful experience to walk though this exhibit of photographs documenting “The Family of Man,” and to linger and examine each picture depicting so much human life and activity. No narration and/or interviews are needed, each photograph speaks for itself and then joins the overall collection of pictures creating a myriad of impressions. This show is a testament to the fact that documentary actuality and explorations come in all forms, not just on film or video. The title of the exhibit was inspired by the expression “family of man” found in a speech by Abraham Lincoln.

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Canon EOS C300, C500, 5 D Mark III and 1D C Comparison for Documentary Production

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Baldwin Park - Production, Making Documentaries, News, Subscribers | 4 comments

Canon EOS C300, C500, 5 D Mark III and 1D C Comparison for Documentary Production

After attending a recent screening and demo of the latest Canon EOS digital cameras I started thinking about film after one of the hosts mentioned that digital would soon be better than film quality. I also thought about comparing which of these great digital cameras would be best for documentary production. The demo and screening of the new line of Canon EOS digital cameras was held at a local Regal multiplex. Tim Smith of Canon and James Neihouse of Full Sail University spoke, showed a couple great looking films, and fielded questions. I was impressed with what I saw and heard. We also got a chance to actually handle some of the cameras. So after all was said and done I got to thinking which cameras would be the best bang for the buck for documentary work? Is the most expensive gear the best for all situations? These are all high-end digital cameras. Once you hit a certain level is it’s more about the knowledge and experience of the Cinematographer or Photographer then how many mega pixels you have?

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