Does each individual nonfiction work (books, documentaries, etc) on the same topic (a particular event, for example, or a historical life story) have its own separate set of film rights to be bought? [more inside]
I'm finishing a documentary on an extremely large (multiple millions of people), global subculture. We picked 5 characters in 5 continents and spent "one day" with each of them to show the breadth of the community and how varied their experiences all are. I need a title that evokes a similar feeling to "Life in a Day" (which is already taken). At the end of the film, the title flickers past in dozens of languages, so it should be something that reads pretty fast.
I have an unlabeled acetate record from the early 60s that contains music and an interview with a late musician, composer and counter-cultural icon of some note. As far as I've been able to figure, I have the only copy and there is no copyright. There is a documentary about this person in the works and the director/producer is interested in using this material. Someone else, the operator of a long-running fansite, would like to release it as part of a retrospective album next year. I've already offered that it be used in the film for free. Is it possible for me to get compensation for its inclusion on any audio releases? [more inside]
Looking to watch music documentaries in context. Not just a single band. [more inside]
If you guys were my real friends, you would have told me about Heavy Metal Parking Lot before now. Back in the day, I used to hear about great documentary films through the grapevine. I guess the best example of this is the Evening with Kevin Smith series. But I never seem to hear about these any more. Heavy Metal Parking Lot looks awesome. What else am I missing? Parameter: nothing really sad. Hands on a Hard Body was kind of a bummer to me, but it's still the sort of thing I'm looking for. Anything about, say, the Holocaust, is out of this league. Thanks, MeFites!
We (the royal we) have been watching Wild China recently. It's a 6 part nature documentary that's also a bit of a travelogue. What we like about it--they go to a place not usually covered by Public TV nature docs and mix in explorations of the human culture there as well as geographic and biological subjects. What else is like this? What should we watch next? [more inside]
I love the NRK's Bergensbanen film - a contemplative, hours-long view of snowy Norwegian railway routes. It's perfect as a kind of gorgeous video wallpaper. I'm looking for something similar but from warmer climates - jungle, rainforest, etc. Not even trains, per se - it could just be stationary, HD tripod footage from the deep jungle. Most nature documentaries are too full of cuts and story: I just want something still and beautiful, but full of greenery and birds. Any ideas?
Please recommend to me some movies or TV shows set in or filmed in New Zealand! [more inside]
For several years in the past I worked closely with someone who was well known, and very well regarded, in his industry. At the time, a relative of his would occasionally show up at the workplace to shoot film and video. Mostly of the well known person, but since it was at work, and we worked closely, I know that I am in a great deal of this footage. As this person's relative is a filmmaker, my assumption has always been that some sort of film would surface. Recently I have heard that the filmmaker is, in fact, pulling footage together for some sort of documentary film. I have not heard from the filmmaker, but would not be surprised if he contacted me. I am very uneasy about that possibility because I have, over the years, become extremely distrustful of the filmmaker. I know that the filmmaker could edit the film anyway he wishes, but if he wanted to include me (and several others) does he need us to sign some sort of a release?
What are the best movies about class struggles? [more inside]
I watched Nina Conti: A Ventriloquist's Story - Her Master's Voice yesterday and it was so amazing I forgot how long it's been since I saw a really good documentary. I've watched everything Herzog has done in the past 6-7, Being Elmo, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, the 7 Up films and Jarvis Cocker's Outsider Art series. What are your favourite documentary films/series? (except nature docs? I can never get into them). I'm happy to watch films from any english-speaking country - but will also give it a go if they're subtitled.
I'm interested in watching more documentaries or miniseries about the fashion/clothing industry. Three I've rented recently were Valentino:The Last Emperor, The September Issue, and Signé Chanel. I especially enjoyed the last two as they really showed a lot behind the scenes about how stuff is made (both the media and the couture dressmaking sides). [more inside]
Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"? [more inside]
Documentaries about ordinary people, their secrets and inner lives. [more inside]
Looking for films (fiction and documentary) that represent informal settlements (slums/favelas/etc), primarily in Latin America and India, but also in other regions. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Do you know of any good art and/or documentary blogs that profile artists or filmmakers? [more inside]
Docofi: Human Planet, One Giant Leap, Crossing the Bridge, Baraka, Playing for Change and the Qatsi trilogy are all great examples of documentaries that don't follow a traditional narrative. I'm looking for more documentaries that are neither investigative (Thin Blue Line, Capturing the Friedmans) nor quest/mission based (Catfish, 10 MPH), but rather paint a picture. If that's not clear enough, picture a nature documentary, but instead of animals the subject is "art" or "culture" or some kind of theme. Bombay Beach, The Gleaners and I and Dark Days are sort-of good examples.
No no no, help ME pick a Wordpress Theme! For a documentary movie website. [more inside]
As a video editor, how can I best capitalize on a film's theatrical release? [more inside]
Help me identify (and hopefully watch) a documentary about people walking/skiing across Greenland and visiting an abandoned DEW station on the way. [more inside]
Suggestions, please, for provocative, informative, hilarious, and/or disturbing documentaries about religion and social/moral/ethical issues? [more inside]
I have an idea for a documentary. Now I just need to see some similar ideas so I can figure out how to do it.
I'm thinking of putting my resources into a documentary on a small quirky themepark that went out of business a while ago. What I need are good examples of feature length documentaries on unusual places so I can see how one would be produced. [more inside]
I would like to make a short documentary. I want it to not suck. I know nothing. [more inside]
I'm looking for the title of a nature documentary about an ecosystem unearthed under a cellar, full of blind white insects and spiders. [more inside]
Film student seeking good online publications about documentary film. [more inside]
Looking for the title of an obscure documentary about the Japanese adaptations of Western products and traditions as they have been commodified in japan. [more inside]
"The gunsight frames an image for destruction, whereas the camera's viewfinder frames one image for preservation, and all other possible images for destruction." Help me find the source of this paraphrased quote? [more inside]
Who are the artistic heirs to documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman? Which contemporary individuals/groups are making similar films, filming similar things, or documenting life in the U.S. (with or without film) in similar ways? [more inside]
Did a documentary inspire Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy? [more inside]
The Daily Show's "Moment of Zen" recently concluded with a clip from a 1951 Halliburton promotional film on oil.. I did a bit of searching, but no dice... Can anyone out there help me track this down?!
ActivistFilter: I'm done, I'm going rogue, I'm fighting the system, I'm doing it Guerrilla style, I'm 100% serious: Our first project is a documentary, but we don't know how to make a documentary. [more inside]
Looking for a video showing various common drugs, their appearance, how they're taken and their effects. [more inside]
Can you help me identify movies about exercise? About working out, exercise trends, aerobics, jazzercise, etc. Sort of in the vein of this SNL skit. To clarify, I am NOT looking for instructional videos [unless they are really funny or bizarre], documentaries are okay, but mostly I would like suggestions of movies...about exercising.
When was the first time "school lunch" was ridiculed in a movie (most likely a teen flick) or a TV show? We're currently producing a documentary on school lunch, and we know that there was a cultural shift in how school lunch was perceived (great social achievement to grotesque laughingstock). If you can help us identify the first instance of this shift in popular culture, we'll give you a film credit.
I am working on a PhD in music theory and cognition. I hate wasting time, but sometimes my brain needs a break from reading/writing/listening/analyzing. Help me create a list of films and documentaries that relate in some way to my field so that I can stare at a screen sometimes and still feel like I'm feeding my unquenchable desire to learn about music and mind. [more inside]
Is there a documentary that contains basic info (+ maybe some cultural info) for every country in the world? [more inside]
If you were giving a crash course on the history of Berlin 1933-1990, and you were limited to just a couple films, which ones would you assign? Documentaries preferred, and they must have some kind of English language option. [more inside]
Name this 1960s NFB sex ed documentary! [more inside]
Help me find good films on Nepal, for a high-school crowd. [more inside]
I keep hearing about a documentary from the 1970s called "Glass India" - about glass blowing in India. Does anyone know where to buy it or download it?
What are the best documentaries / movies on depression? [more inside]
The greatest a-holes to ever strut in front of a documentary film maker's camera? [more inside]
Please help me name my documentary on urban farming! [more inside]
I am leaving for Beijing in a few days. I am bringing a video camera and plan to interview English-speaking Chinese people on the street. My goal is to edit the footage together into an informative and insightful piece. If you could ask the people of China any question, what would it be?
I'm going to be filming a documentary in the Philippines about families supported by the pornography industry, and I'd like to hear any interesting questions you might have for the subjects. [more inside]
I'm looking for a documentary about Fleetwood Mac that a friend had spoken highly of but which I can't seem to find. It might have been about the making of 'Rumours' but I only see a book about that on Amazon--no film. Anyone seen this?
Can anyone identify a specific documentary that details a film maker's work with wolves? [more inside]
"Quiet" documentary recommendations. [more inside]
What would be a good, compelling subject for a short (7-15 minute) documentary film on an (for all intents and purposes) average college campus that hasn't been done a million times before?
Let's say I want to film an amateur, feature-length documentary. One can assume I'd use a digital camera for relative cheapness and expediency, but which cameras are good enough to do a professional-looking job? I'd be on a very tight budget. This does not take into account the sound equipment, but perhaps you could also comment on that? [more inside]
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