Docs In Progress provides effective forum

In my quest to learn the basics of documentary production (beyond how NOT to break equipment on a monthly basis…), I sought what looked to be the perfect event tonight in DC.

And it was. GWU’s Documentary Center sponsors the Docs In Progress bi-monthly film critique. During the (3) hour event, the hosts — founders of the program Adele Schmidt & Erica Ginsberg — screen a few documentaries currently being produced but not in finished form. Then the projects’ filmmakers are introduced to the audience & proceed to discuss the works with everyone.

–very useful & interactive. I admire the filmmakers who put their work on the chopping block & welcome live feedback.

MAIN POINTS ADDRESSED (familiar but written lists are a fine thing!):

PIVOT the documentary around a compelling story & complex characters

KNOW your audience

DON’T shy away from narrating a work; it could add needed clarity & cohesion

…AND THE GOLD-MEDAL BIT: Films are made by do-it-yourself initiative & ‘verve’ more so than extensive, formalized education. Documentary fan & event attendee, Amardy, underscored this & I agree with her. The fact she has a grad degree in the field made her statement that much more meaningful.

However, GWU offers an attractive, & apparently rare, program for non-fiction filmmaking — one that I’d like to eventually, seriously look at.


3 responses to “Docs In Progress provides effective forum

  1. already knew those “main points they brought forth” right? 😀

  2. Nick, Nick …love the smirky jab but give project feedback. Looks like you’re a techi so what do you think on the emerging story arc, the theme in general? And who would you – as a tech-centric guy – want to see interviewed for the project?

  3. hei! thanks for that!
    But hmm..i dont think i should be part of the interview.
    OOps! sorry! im like a ..a kid..perhaps 21..and defenitly the spouse factor is null.
    Thanks! And keep up the good job! Keep posting on the developments.
    Love the work.Love for the moment.

    [re: TechEncore.blogspot]

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