Category Archives: direct cinema

Following the Story You’re Creating

One of the truths of pointing a camera at any (nonfiction) situation is that the presence of the camera changes the situation. Journalists and documentary filmmakers (should) contend with this truth moment by moment as they film. As soon as … Continue reading

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Feature or Short: How to Decide

Never trust a clickbait headline like that from me. I never deliver. Or, rather, I deliver differently and usually over more than one post. Direct cinema — to at least some extent — is the commonality among my favorite feature … Continue reading

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Watching and Listening and Letting it Happen

I got a video camera in the mid 90s to capture the usual home-movie shenanigans when my child was born. I was nearing the end of my decade as a freelance magazine writer and photographer. Up to that point — … Continue reading

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What Does My List of Films Mean?

The films listed in my last post generally have one thing in common:  Each is an example of direct cinema to varying degrees. The Wikipedia definition is as good as any: Like the cinéma vérité genre, direct cinema was initially characterized by filmmakers’ … Continue reading

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