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Seven tips for better smartphone moviemaking

When you’re starting out making videos the best camera is the one you got and these days, most of us carry a smartphone, so it’s the best place to start. Here are seven tips that will get get you off to a good start with smartphone moviemaking.

Documentary Process

Four approaches to structuring micro-documentaries

A micro-documentary differs from a long-form documentary in terms of length, structure, and quite often, purpose. While most long-form documentaries tell a story with a classic three act narrative structure, shorter documentaries require different  strategies for structuring the viewer’s experience. Most often a micro-documentary will be 2 to 3 minutes in length, though some can […]

Documentary VIdeos

Justin Boyd: Sound and Time

Justin Boyd: Sound and Time (Mark and Angela Walley, 2013, 8:39) is a particularly good example of a short documentary profile with the perfect balance between engaging b-roll and well-shot interview footage. This documentary brings together gentle camerawork, good editing, and excellent sound design to tell the story of Justin Boyd, Department Chair of Sculpture and Integrated Media […]

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Notes on the interview

Good interviewing boils down to active listening, empathy, and preparation.