Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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October 2, 2010

Capturing reality – The art of documentary”, a film by Pepita Ferrai that explores the constitution of a documentary.

The film is a journey into documentary film making with some of the world’ top directors. What is a documentary? Why make them?  Where do people get their ideas from? Do documentaries represent the “Truth”? Errol Morris, Kim Longinotto, Nick Broomfield, Jennfiger Baichwal and many others reflect on the power of their craft, and the creative and ethical choices they make as storytellers.

The film was supported by National film board of Canada. I love the website because you can access short few minute sound bytes of various filmmakers on the following topics – getting started (when did they start making films and find their voices) ; exploring the genre (Limits to the expansiveness of the genre) ; planning and preparation;  relationship; truth, perspective and ethics; the shoot; sound; editing; final thoughts and anecdotes. Very resourceful for emerging and new filmmakers to be exposed to such an array of sometimes contradictory thoughts.

Errol Morris sums up the inherent nature of documentaries.

“The part I like about documentary is that it can be anything. The part I don’t like is that you are constantly being told that documentary has to be one thing, rather than a whole multiple of things”


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October 3, 2010

Thanks for your comments. You can subscribe to the blog and will receive updates when there is a new post. Are you a filmmaker?


October 3, 2010

Hi, thanks for reviewing our release. I hope you are aware of all the docs through FRF. We have a doc about screenwriters called TALES FORM THE SCRIPT and one about directors entitled DIRECTORS LIFE, as well as hundreds of social issue docs. Would you like me to add you to my mailing list?

kelly hargraves

October 4, 2010

Yes Please. I am beginning to work on my thesis project. Would love to hear your thoughts on it at some point. Will be posting updates, clips about that project on my blog as well.


October 4, 2010

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