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Fun with AI: The Rhetoric of Camera Angles

Prompt given to ChatGPT: Explain the rhetoric of camera angles in documentary filmmaking. I added boldface to the text below. Explanation following the text. Result: In documentary filmmaking, camera angles are an essential rhetorical tool that helps filmmakers convey their … Continue reading

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An Idea is Formed

Last I posted, I mentioned my Documentary Practicum class would be choosing an idea for their semester documentary project. And so they have: the role of the house-party scene as a steppingstone to success for a local band. My first … Continue reading

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In Search of an Idea

I’m teaching MED512 Documentary Practicum this fall. The semester begins on 22 August. The class will complete a short documentary film about a Springfield topic over 16 weeks. They’ll get hands-on experience doing all the things. The goal for the … Continue reading

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Work Continues on Back-to-the-Land Documentary

Now that I’m back from my trip to Portugal (see my personal project on becoming an expat), I’m back to work on the back-to-the-land documentary being directed by Denise Vaughn. I’m the cinematographer and doing some project consulting. Many of … Continue reading

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Playing Around With Bumpers

A bumper in the film business is a form of studio branding. You’ll generally see two or three at the start of almost every film. Here’s a list of famous ones you’ve seen dozens of times (sadly, an old list … Continue reading

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