Open Screening : Works-In-Progress

Please join us this month for a DocuTalk@911 Open Screening. Many of our regular DocuTalk participants have expressed interest in a works-in-progess screening session. Here is an exciting opportunity to share your work and see the work of your peers. You are encouraged to present a clip that is 10min or less and bring a list of questions concerning specific feedback that you desire. Please respond to: ][masked] If you would like to show a clip; and please provide a short description. To be included in the screening 10 minute segments from at least three films in progress: "Necessary Folly" by Oli Newsome is a coming of age and quest for meaning story. The true world of kinetic sculpture racing is shown through the eyes of an aging retired teacher as he puts himself through the Grand Championship of all kinetic sculpture races--a human-powered, 42 mile, 3 day event from Arcata, California to Ferndale, California. All sculptures are human powered (mostly with pedals), and participants are a family of charming odd balls who hold these annual events in 12 cities in the U.S. as well as in Australia, Japan and Germany. Bill Aston and Christy Nordstrom will present a film about renewable energy and WA state's progress towards acheiving our Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, voted in 2006. "Christiania: Our Heart is in Your Hands" by Richard Jackman and Robert Lawson tells the story of an anarchist squatter community that has been occupying an abandoned military base in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark, since 1971. http://busno8.com/CA....

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  • Oli Newsome

    I tip my hat to Stuart for making it happen--and keeping our group going. Getting feedback from others who are also working on documentaries is absolutely critical to what we're trying to do. Oli

    September 16, 2008

  • Stuart Ferrier

    I was excited to see such high quality and diversity of work by people in the group. Many great comments and constructive feedback. Many also made good new personal connections, and that's what this is all about.

    September 16, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    some excellent examples of work in progress.

    September 16, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome material and skillful work. There were very, very few glitches but a few points could be:

    Remember the opening 'establishing' shot(s): wide, exterior, possible titles, music. Maps can help.

    Introduce subjects from the front first (avoid camera following from behind) and not in extreme c/u. (save that for high interest dialog - well into interview).

    Use cutaways more - show what the subject is 'talking about' rather than just the subject talking.

    Avoid more than one camera move per shot (e.g. pan followed by zoom in same shot) in fact hardly ever use zoom. Hand-held has to be steadycam in almost all cases (or very steady hand).

    Use dissolves and fades very sparingly and judiciously - they must have meaning and purpose.

    Fix audio - just as important to one-time viewers - ditch tracks with high ambient noise if poss.

    Carefully manage context-switching - keep audience on track - avoid if not absolutely necessary.


    Wish I had work this good!

    September 16, 2008

  • Robert Lawson

    Was great to see what other people are working on and to get feedback on our own work. Met several really interesting people that we hope to keep in touch with.

    September 16, 2008

  • Rich

    That was great! Got some great feedback, saw some interesting work, and met some really interesting people. I definitely think we should do the mini-screenings again on occasion. Thanks, Stuart, for putting this together!

    September 16, 2008

  • Chris

    Enjoyed the variety of works-in-progress. Helps to see the different stages that people are in.

    September 15, 2008

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