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Werner HerzogThe number of reasons to not make a film are virtually infinite. You don’t have enough time, money, experience, equipment, or professional connections. If you make a film, who’s going to see it, and if no one sees it, will it even have value? I could go on, but instead, here’s a piece of encouragement from one of the most iconic filmmakers of our time, German director Werner Herzog, who back in 1979 ate his shoe as a symbol of support for fellow filmmaker and friend Errol Morris to complete his film Gates of Heaven
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WeinsteinMemoMaking your movie has never been the end of the ride — whether you’re a no-budget indie filmmaker or Errol Morris — you’re going to have to promote your film. Most of us aren’t natural born promoters, so who better to take pointers from than one of the preeminent promoters of the ’80s/’90s indie boom, Harvey Weinstein. As this blunt (and funny) memo to Errol Morris illustrates, even if you’re promoting what would later be recognized as one of the best movies of the decade (The Thin Blue Line), you need to know how to get folks interested in seeing it. More »

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One of the most crucial pieces to a great documentary is the interview. In post production you will ground your edit around a transcription of what these people have to say about your subject. When you are performing the interview, you obviously want the subject looking straight at you to achieve a human connection and better result. But what if you want to connect your subject to the audience more… how would you go about making the connection with the subject while getting a first-person angle on them? Enter the Interrotron, a favorite device used by Oscar winner Errol Morris. Check out these clips from Fog of War, his Oscar winner that used the device: More »

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and the man responsible for Werner Herzog eating his own shoe, for years Error Morris has provided audiences with a face on look into lives and situations we’d otherwise remain ignorant of. Whether it’s the miscarriage of justice in The Thin Blue Line, Robert S. McNamara’s frank observations on modern warfare in The Fog of War or the bizarre he said, she said played out in the press of Tabloid, Morris’ work is steeped in the multifaceted diversity of human life. In his recent short documentary Team Spirit for ESPN’s It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sport series, Morris reveals the ways in which super sports fans and their families take team loyalty beyond the grave. More »